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Kentucky Kingdom: A Timeline

1987:  Kentucky Kingdom opens with out-of-state investors. The amusement park closed after a single season.1990: Businessman Ed Hart reopens the amusement park. The size of Kentucky Kingdom is doubled, and new rides such as Thunder Run are added.1997: Premier Parks purchases Kentucky Kingdom.1998: The new ownership renames the amusement park Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.2009: Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom's parent company closes the park amid bankruptcy proceedings.2011: The Kentucky State Fair Board ends discussions with Hart on reopening Kentucky Kingdom. The owners of Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., emerge with a plan to reopen the amusement park under the name Bluegrass Boardwalk.2012: The Holiday World owners abandon plans to reopen the Louisville amusement park. The fair board again seeks proposals, and Hart submits a new plan.Jan. 22, 2013: The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureauapproves funding over five years to help open the park.Jan. 23, 2013: Gov. Steve Beshearendorses the proposal to reopen Kentucky Kingdom.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.