Louisville, KY, USA — Ed Green reports in Louisville Business First on how warmer than usual weather has aided the park’s construction:
‘Dozens of workers could be seen across the park during a visit Thursday.
“John Mulcahy, director of marketing and communication for Kentucky Kingdom, warned me not to be fooled by the fact that a new steel roller coaster — Lightening Run — is just now being assembled. Or that only one of the six new slides and rides planned for the expansive water park has been constructed, and very little concrete has been poured for the wave pool and adventure river planned in the Hurricane Bay Beach Club.
“He said all of the work, which is costing an estimated $44.5 million, will be done in time for a May 24 opening.
“Fall was very good to us,” he said, adding that mild temperatures in late fall and early winter allowed workers to complete much of the deferred maintenance of rides and painting and construction of buildings.
“Work was slowed a bit in late January and early February, “but you just plug along, you make it up on the weekends,” Mulcahy said.
“He noted that the investments so far also include about $1 million in a new point-of-sales system for the gates, restaurants and shops in the 63-acre theme park.”