FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Due to safety issues, the amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed.
An inspection revealed the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests. The inspection was completed by the Kentucky Department of Parks. They found the stage area had electrical and structural issues.
The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time.
“As soon as we reviewed this report with inspectors, Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland and his team began the process of alerting the public and staff to the potential hazards,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
Electrical service to the stage is disconnected. Kentucky State Parks safety teams have positioned signs around the amphitheatre. No one is allowed to enter the restricted area.
“The safety of our employees and guests is paramount to us,” said Holland.
Parkinson said his cabinet, Senator Jimmy Higdon, Representative Chad McCoy, local leaders, and the Stephen Foster Drama Association are exploring options for renovation.
All of the other amenities at My Old Kentucky Home are open to the public.