Kentucky Kingdom's third season since it rose from the ashes is underway. I remember taking a tour with Ed Hart of the abandoned and eerie remnants of the park Six Flags vandalized before they deserted it. Ed had a clear vision of what the park could once again become. And it all came true.
Ed's created a program called Education in Motion that features science, technology, engineering and math. It focuses on activities that accentuate the science and physics that go into how roller coasters and other rides work. It lets kids and teachers get out of the classroom to see practical applications of science at work.
Kentucky Kingdom Gardens is a year round endeavor to grow and protect all the plants you see when you visit. They employ a full time staff of horticulturalists and certified arborists looking out for over 100 different species of plants.
Meanwhile, the water park trains about 200 lifeguards each season. Once certified, lifeguards continue training throughout the season. The Aquatics Department will complete 800 hours of skills practice this summer.
Not only is this gem of a park clean and safe and fun, but it employs about 1,300 seasonal staff each summer with around 75 full time employees. Bringing it back to life was so important to this community, but thank goodness, Ed Hart is a very tenacious guy! And we're all better off for it.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.
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