Mayor grants bond to reopen Kentucky Kingdom

Matthew McCardwell

On May 4, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced plans to grant a $17.4 million bond to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

The money would go to the fair board, who holds the right to reopen the park. Fair board head Ed Hart has said that he would be willing to invest $7.4 million himself “but not without a public-private partnership,” according to the Courier-Journal.

The bonds would be paid for by occupational taxes, parking fees, opening revenue, and possibly a third investor.

The reopening of the park would employ 1,000 people.

“If the city would open it back up and make it safe, it would be a pretty awesome place to go this summer. Especially if they made the water park really clean,” said Mariah McDonald(12).