State funded report says that reopened Kentucky Kingdom would reap economic benefits

Posted Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Contributed by Chitown

The Kentucky State Fair Board will be asked next month to consider a $55 million bond issue to help upgrade and reopen the old Kentucky Kingdom amusement park at the Kentucky Exposition Center. A state funded report found that revenue from a reopened Kentucky Kingdom would be around $11 million.

Read more from The Courier-Journal.

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Friday, September 10, 2010 9:15 PM

If the fair board would not have been so greedy in the first place, the state would not have to put up the money... I wonder if they learned their lesson.

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Friday, September 10, 2010 10:15 PM

But look at the awesome outcome. I just might decide to pay a visit to Kentucky Kingdom. It's only a few hours away, and I refused to go when it was owned by Six Flags. :)

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:13 AM

In the last three years, Kentucky Kingdom has really turned around... even when it was owned by Six Flags and not getting good funding.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:26 AM

Reap or Rape economic benefits?

If any State board could run anything effectively, it would truly be a cold day in hell.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:51 AM

Yeah, that whole 'government' thing is so overrated...

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:16 AM

Well, duh, don't you know we have to take our country back? Forefathers, taxes and liberty and stuff!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:43 AM

And drill, baby, drill!

Oops, they kinda quieted down about that one.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 3:24 PM

She meant onshore drilling, Mike. If you would go back and READ what she did not say... ;)

Anyhow, with Ed Hart at the helm, I wouldn't be too surprised to see SFKK make it a go. They've got an opportunity in Louisville that several other cities (Tulsa, Panama City Beach, Memphis, etc.) may not have again. An amusement park is definitely a business that benefits the entire community (assuming it's not accused of drawing "the wrong element", LOL).

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 8:53 PM

No it has not. The amusement park has been sinking more and more into a hole that last 3 years. 500,000 guest is not good for this park.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 9:09 PM

From what I know, which is very little, the park management and staff were really making strides and the park was beginning to be prettier... that is where I was directing my attention.

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