Bluegrass Boardwalk’s chances of opening in 2013 are decreasing as more delays are thrown in front of the Koch family. Should the park open in 2014, it could even open without any roller coasters.
The Koch family, who run Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc as well as Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, were hoping to get their lease with the Kentucky State Fair Board signed last month.
As COASTER-net reported, the company has been attempting to secure tax incentives to back their financial investments in the park. They received preliminary approval earlier this month, but the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet is still working on an investigation to ensure that the Koch’s undertaking meets all the requirements for the incentives.
According to WFPL news, Gil Lawson of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said that the investigation should conclude by next month. Paula Werne, Koch family spokesperson, told WFPL that it isn’t until the study is completed that Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc will be able to determine the park’s opening date.
These legal impediments are also delaying the physical side of reopening the park. Park clean up, ride analyses on each ride from experts, and therefore refurbishments have been delayed until the lease has been signed, according to WHAS11.com. Without these assessments, the park will have to continue to push back the opening.
The park may also open without roller coasters, according to Courier Journal. The Louisville news site reported that their copy of Bluegrass Boardwalk’s incentive application stated that the park would initially open with “all the existing water park attractions and some of the amusement park rides.”
According to the same report, this was based off of information gained from preliminary examinations of the rides.
“We’d kicked the tires, but we didn’t crank up the engine,” Werne said in a press release on theBluegrass Boardwalk blog. “That will happen after we have the signed lease and can really dig in – with the experts. They’ll help us formulate the very best plan for reopening what we can and saying good-bye to what simply can’t be rehabilitated.”