Last week brought an announcement that caught most people in Louisville off guard; Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom would be closing. As Six Flags came out of its bankruptcy restructuring, negotiations were underway on the lease they held with the Kentucky State Fair Board. On February 4, 2010 Six Flags announced the new lease terms were not accepted and that Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom would cease operations.
The loss of the park, which was one of the top 5 entertainment attractions in the state, will be felt for years to come. Not only is Louisville losing a place for families to enjoy their summer vacations, it is also losing over 1,000 summer jobs and 50 full time jobs. But that is just the immediate result. The long term effect on Louisville is disheartening.
The last year that they reported attendance numbers, the park had almost one million visitors to the park. Thousands of those stayed in local hotels and ate at Louisville's restaurants. The economic ripple effect will be felt throughout our community. However, in the same Kentucky spirit that turned shipping problems into Bourbon, there are people in Louisville who are already looking to the future.
There is hope that an agreement may yet be reached that will keep Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom open, but even if there isn't, the city will continue to move forward! From the transformation of NuLu to the history of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville knows where it is going without forgetting where it's been!
It is with sad hearts we will say goodbye to this beloved Louisville attraction. And while the economic road ahead may get bumpy, we look to the future possibilities for Kentucky Kingdom Park! If there is one thing Louisville is great at, it is coming together to get things done! If you are ready to live where anything is possible, Mollie Younger of Younger Group Real Estate! We know Louisville! Let's see where the road ahead takes us!