Arts & Entertainment, etc. and Tourism & Hospitality

Koch family could get Kentucky Kingdom answer this week

February 21, 2012

The fate of a Louisville amusement park that closed more than two years ago might be decided later this week.

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky State Fair Board told WAVE-TV that members on Thursday will discuss and vote on a tentative agreement that would have an entity called Bluegrass Boardwalk operate Kentucky Kingdom.

Bluegrass Boardwalk was formed by the Koch family, who owns Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., in order to negotiate a lease agreement.

A spokeswoman for the Koch family told The Courier-Journal that the park's name could be changed if the deal is approved.

The park in Louisville has been closed since Six Flags pulled out of it amid bankruptcy proceedings. Kentucky Fair Board officials have said they hope to reopen the park in 2013.

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