Ed Hart gives tour of changes to Kentucky Kingdom so far


by Alex Schuman


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 7:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay will re-open on May 24.  There’s a lot of work to be done on the park, and developers gave a tour of the changes so far.

"A year ago this was overgrown with weeds and tree limbs and broken this and broken that," Ed Hart, a local developer, said.

Hart gave a tour of the construction on the two parks to members of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

"The scheme is already starting to brighten up.  You can see the difference between the old drag ugly to the new bright and pretty,” Dr. Mark Lynn, State Fair Board Member said.

Ten million dollars has been spent so far, between Hart and investors, of the projected $43 million the renovation will cost.

"Some things cost more, some things cost less,” Hart said.  “All in all, our budget's pretty much intact."

Many rides still need to be repaired, but they will offer 48 rides when everything is done, which includes 11 new children’s rides and a new large steel roller coaster.

"That's many more than Six Flags had when they left,” Hart said.

Hurricane Bay Water Park will also be doubling in size with a $12 million investment.

The developer is optimistic the piece of community pride will get moving again on time.  And hopes by putting an emphasis on service and cleanliness, he can bring more than a new coat of paint to the park he helped 25 years ago.

"It's starting to feel like a theme park again.  And this is just the beginning," Hart said.

The park is expected to open May 24.

Ticket prices and new rides will be announced in November.