LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An important deadline for the future of Kentucky Kingdom is just one week away.
Saturday, a group of former employees and guests came together for the Save My Park rally. Together, they hoped to show Governor Steve Beshear and other elected officials how important Kentucky Kingdom is to the area.
"We just want to see the park open regardless of who the developer is. We realize it's a great community asset, it provides needed jobs, need tax revenue," said Troy Thomas with Save My Park.
This event was more than just bringing back jobs. For many people in the community, Kentucky Kingdom has been a major part of their lives.
"I worked my way from 16 up into working in the food stands, working into an assistant manager in the service department. It gave me a lot of leadership. It gave me a lot of skills that I was able to use in my career today," said James Lee, former employee.
"My kids spent all their early life out here, two of them working at the park. I spent a lot of time out here. I love parks. I was also the first director of operations for Kentucky Kingdom for that first summer," said former employee Dirk Mix.
Friday is the deadline for all developers responding to the state's request for proposals to open Kentucky Kingdom.