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Bluegrass Boardwalk (Formerly Kentucky Kingdom) A GO 2013

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Posted:
2/23/12 at
1:43:46 PM

From their FB page, they announce they have a lease for 2013. Koch Group owners.

:)

Re: Bluegrass Boardwalk (Formerly Kentucky Kingdom) A GO 201 by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 2/23/12 2:35:00 PM

I was just about to post this:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/17003266/koch-family-approved-to-take-over-kentucky-kingdom

Looks like good news. I hope it works for all parties.

Mike

Re: Bluegrass Boardwalk (Formerly Kentucky Kingdom) A GO 201 by Eric_Gieszl Eric_Gieszl Profile at 2/23/12 2:56:39 PM
Lease Approval moves Bluegrass Boardwalk closer to re-opening Louisville park in 2013

800 seasonal and 25 full-time jobs projected

Louisville, Kentucky — February 23, 2012 — This afternoon’s unanimous vote by the Kentucky State Fair Board to approve a lease with Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. moves the reopening of the 57-acre amusement and water park closer to reality.

“We can’t wait to get started!” says Bluegrass Boardwalk’s Dan Koch*. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to get the park reopened in just 15 months, but we’ll get it done. We’d like to thank the Fair Board for putting their faith in us and the community at large for their tremendous cheers of support.”

Following today’s lease approval, Bluegrass Boardwalk's next steps are to secure financing and continue the application process for economic development incentives from Kentucky’s Tourism Cabinet. Bluegrass Boardwalk will not request public monies from the Kentucky Legislature.

Bluegrass Boardwalk’s plans are to invest $15-$20 million to reopen the park in May of 2013, with continued investment in future years.

“We’re bringing our business model of exceptional safety, cleanliness, friendliness and value for families,” says Natalie Koch. “That means free soft drinks, free sunscreen and free use of inner tubes.”

Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. is a partnership of four members of the Koch family in Santa Claus, Indiana: Holiday World president Dan Koch, his sister Natalie Koch, their cousin Kathy Kamp, and her husband, Michael Kamp, who is a General Manager at Holiday World. Dan, Natalie and Kathy are grandchildren of Holiday World’s founder, Louis J. Koch, who opened the park (originally called Santa Claus Land) in 1946.

Re: Bluegrass Boardwalk (Formerly Kentucky Kingdom) A GO 2013 by drachen drachen Profile at 2/24/12 9:27:50 AM
CoasterFanatic said:

From their FB page, they announce they have a lease for 2013. Koch Group owners.

:)

It reads like the current lease is for the next 10 years. I love hearing about parks being saved, and I'm glad Holiday World is involved.

Things I expect/hope to see out of Bluegrass Boardwalk over the next two years...

1) Free Sodas and Sunscreen.

2) Some sort of combo season pass, or two day flex ticket between this park and Holiday World.

3) A focus on more family attractions and rides.

4) TLC for all three wooden coaster tracks. (new trains on the twins? that would be sweet...)

5) I don't expect to see Chang replaced, though I wouldn't be opposed if it was. It was surrounded by waterpark. I expect to see that land used for waterpark development, as well as the that go-cart track next to it.

6) I sincerely hope that Greezed Lightning is saved.

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Re: Bluegrass Boardwalk (Formerly Kentucky Kingdom) A GO 2013 by Rollercoaster_freak220 Rollercoaster_freak220 Profile at 2/24/12 9:52:40 AM
It reads like the current lease is for the next 10 years. I love hearing about parks being saved, and I'm glad Holiday World is involved.

According to this news source, http://www.whas11.com/community/Kentucky-Kingdom-to-reopen-May-2013-140176113.html, the lease is for 50 years. Sounds like they are in it for the long haul! :)

Things I expect/hope to see out of Bluegrass Boardwalk over the next two years...

1) Free Sodas and Sunscreen.

Free soft drinks, sunscreen, and use of inner-tubes was announced via their twitter page. Apart from parking, which is controlled by the fairgrounds (grrrr), it sounds like this park is getting the full HW treatment! :)