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Families welcome news of bigger, better Kentucky Kingdom

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Kentucky Kingdom and it's water park Hurricane Bay is finally a done deal. Kentucky Kingdom and it's water park Hurricane Bay is finally a done deal.
Ed Hart Ed Hart
Cindy Mineer Cindy Mineer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For the Louisville families growing tired of seeing the weeds and rust grow at Kentucky Kingdom Thursday's news had them smiling.

"I've been waiting a long time to say this," said Kentucky Kingdom President Ed Hart, "It's a go, Kentucky Kingdom will open next year! "

Hart isn't the only one excited that Kentucky Kingdom and it's water park Hurricane Bay is finally a done deal. "It's absolutely awesome because we've waited for so long," said Cindy Mineer after she heard the news.  The Louisville grandmother is one of many grandparents WAVE 3 News talked with who took their kids to Kentucky Kingdom and now want to take their grandchildren to the new improved version with a water park twice the size as the old one.

Mineer remembers the park in it's heyday. She said and her children were there two to three times a week. "They remember certain rides," she explained, "and you know, the activities and the characters and it's just something they'll always remember."

With her summers off, Atlanta teacher Lashelle Johnson brings her grandchildren to Louisville every year to visit her mom. With many public pools now closed in Louisville, this is the second time, they've been at a city spray park this week.  That won't be the case next year because Johnson wants them to experience the Kentucky Kingdom she knew.  "We bought season passes to it," Johnson recalled, "We lived right behind it (the park) and we would go for two hours and come back home and then go at night and come back home and we just loved it!"

And great grandmother Mary Ellen Gunterman said the news is not only great for her grandchildren, but for the city of Louisville considering that original owner Ed Hart and a team of Louisvillians are taking it under their wing. Gunterman said, "With all local people, I think it will be really nice," she continued, " I think they'll do a good job with it and it's going to be fun."

One of the things the families are happy about, Hart and his investors are bringing back some of the old attractions that park goers loved including the wooden roller coaster Thunder Run and the giant wave pool.

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