Holiday World owners involved in Kentucky Kingdom talks

Published: Jan. 17, 2012 at 12:48 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The future of Kentucky Kingdom could lie in the hands of a family that already has a name well-known in the theme park business.

WAVE 3 News has confirmed that the Koch family is involved in talks about the future of Kentucky Kingdom. Since 1946, the Kochs have owned and operated the Holiday World amusement park in Santa Claus, IN.

In a statement to WAVE 3, Paula Werne, director of communications for Holiday World and Splashin' Safari, said the Koch family has explored a lot of ways to grow their business over the years, including recently Kentucky Kingdom.

The statement goes on to say that things are still in what the company calls a fact-finding stage and the Koch family hasn't made any decisions about whether to move forward in pursuing an opportunity to run the theme park.

Kentucky Kingdom, which is located on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center, shut down in 2010 less than a year after its operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.

Ed Hart, the first operator of the theme park, announced plans to try to reopen it, but said late in 2011 that it wouldn't happen any time soon because he hadn't been able to form a partnership with the state and local government to help do so.

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