Kentucky Kingdom beefs up security for opening

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by Rachel Platt

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -  Kentucky Kingdom developer Ed Hart said while the park is about the thrills, it's also about moms and being family friendly.

He said many new rides will allow  parents to ride with their children at the new King Louie's playground for children that focus on safety and family.

Kentucky Kingdom has 20 new rides in all  covering 63 acres. Renovations have Hurricane Bay now twice the size it originally was.

Beer and some tropical drinks will be served at the park to those over 21, but Hart said he has enough people in place for any situation that could arise. 

More than the new rides, Hart said he is most proud of the security at the park. He said police and public safety officials will be ever present, including ambassadors in safari hats to address any problems.

Hart said there will be no horsing around, no cutting in line, and in addition to the ambassadors, there will be public safety officials as well.

Those safety officials will be, in essence, Kentucky Kingdom's own police force.

He said the park is very sensitive to recent youth violence in louisville and wants any potential trouble makers to remember this: they are a gated community, and there’s no way out except past police officers.

Hart said the local owners are committed to giving customers a thrill but only on the rides.
He said the biggest committment of all is to providing a safe park.

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