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After Battle Over Expansion, Kentucky Kingdom Will Build New Coaster

Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 15:24:34-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky Kingdom has been granted a one ace expansion of its property from the Fair Board and will be able to install a new roller coaster.

The amusement park released a statement reading, “Kentucky Kingdom is pleased to report that the Fair Board has granted the park its request for one acre of expansion property required for the installation of its newest and 6th coaster – the Kentucky Flyer. The park was advised of this development after Mr. Hart held a press conference yesterday at the park.”

There had been some controversy over whether the board would transfer the acre. The board acquiesced and the two parties came to an amicable solution.

CEO Ed Hart thanked those who made the new development possible: “I want to thank Governor Bevin and Secretary Landrum of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for making arrangements to cut through the paperwork necessary for Kentucky Kingdom and the Fair Board to come to terms. Of course, Kentucky Kingdom will provide, if it hasn’t already, all the information the Fair Board has requested. With that assurance, we’ve been given the green light to proceed. I am happy to declare that the Kentucky Flyer is on track for a 2019 grand opening. Clearly, this is an example of Governor Bevin and his administration cutting through the type of “red tape” that can hinder economic development in the Commonwealth.”