Bluegrass Boardwalk hype fades as Koch family backs out on plans to reopen park

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 16 at 5:53 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's like waiting hours in line for a roller coaster, only to find out it’s been closed for the day.

The idea of the Bluegrass Boardwalk has been a lot of hype and a big letdown. Louisville residents reacted to the announcement that the plans had been scrapped.

“I am a little disappointed because I thought it was going to be really good for the community and really good for that area, so it’s a little disappointing because it would’ve been a really good asset,” said Sydney Hodge.

“Well, I’m disappointed to hear that because our family, we like to take the kids up to the other park and enjoy it in the summertime and we were hoping for something a little closer to town,” said Mark Lichtefeld.

For months, the Koch family had been in talks to reopen the rundown amusement park. They already own and operate Holiday world in Santa Claus, Indiana. They would have leased the Kentucky Kingdom land from the state Fair Board.

Louisville Councilman David Tandy talked to the Koch family about their decision. He said, "It has absolutely nothing to do with the deal. I've talked to Natalie Koch with the Koch family and she stated specifically to me that it had nothing to do with what we as the City of Louisville and for that matter the Commonwealth of Kentucky were able to put forward. We did everything we could in terms of putting together a structure, but from their standpoint, it was just something that didn't fit with their business model they're currently operating under."

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