WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue May 20, 2014
Kentucky Kingdom Set for Saturday Reopening
A Kentucky amusement park closed since 2009 is set to reopen this weekend.
Kentucky Kingdom is Louisville has undergone a $44 million restoration and has sold more than 80,000 season tickets so far.
A consultant hired by the state’s Tourism Cabinet has predicted that Kentucky Kingdom will generate, over 20 years, a $3 billion boost to the local economy, along with $225 million new tax dollars for state and local governments.
The Courier-Journal reports that park CEO Ed Hart, who has previously owned Kentucky Kingdom, spent $6 million just to clean up the park, which had fallen into disrepair while it sat unused in recent years.
Hart predicts park attendance of 600,000 to 800,000 visitors this year, with 1 million people visiting the park by 2016.