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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Two weeks from today, we could know if Kentucky Kingdom will reopen.
A spokesman for the group Save My Park says it's optimistic because Kentucky Kingdom is actually on the Kentucky State Fair Board's January 24th agenda. That's when we could learn if a deal has been reached between developer Ed Hart and the State Fair Board on a lease and plans to reopen.
"We're excited that this step has moved forward," says Jacob Zimmer, with Save My Park.
Jacob Zimmer is part of the group Save My Park, it's made up of former Kentucky Kingdom employees.
"It was my first salaried job, it was my first adult job after high school. I worked in three different departments."
Zimmer's group is feeling upbeat because Kentucky Kingdom's lease negotiations between the state fair board and a group of local investors are going well, but he knows it's not done.
Zimmer says, "We're optimistic, cautiously optimistic. This is one of several steps in the process."
Kentucky Kingdom has been closed since 2009. "I think we've made great progress in the Kentucky Kingdom situation," says Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.
Governor Beshear also seems optimistic an announcement is coming soon. Beshear says, "I think we're at the point now where the folks we're negotiating with are putting their financing together. I feel good that if they can get that together, we may have ourselves a deal."
Beshear says a deal would not only reopen the park but also create hundreds of jobs for young people. "That's an important part of our population right now are those kids during the summer...looking for something to do and if we can get 'em employed...that's not only good for them but it keeps 'em out of trouble."
It all sounds good, but this is not the first time someone has come close to reopening the park. So for now, Jacob Zimmer says the celebration will have to wait. "The latest news is positive but we don't want to have any celebrations until we hear conformation from the January 24th meeting," says Zimmer.