Nashville will soon get a new amusement park — a water and snow park to be exact — with the backing of Dolly Parton.
To be built across Briley Parkway from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, work on the $50 million park is set to break ground later this year or early 2013. The park is scheduled to open in the summer of 2014 and is expected to employ 450 employees both part-time and full-time.
Officials including Gaylord Chairman and CEO Colin Reed, Gov. Bill Haslam, Mayor Karl Dean and Parton announced the plans Thursday afternoon at the Grand Ole Opry House.
“Tourism is the second largest industry in Tennessee, generating more than a billion dollars in tax revenue annually and employing more than 170,000 Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “This project will be a welcome addition to the wide variety of attractions and destinations across our great state, and I applaud the collaboration and spirit that has led to this announcement.”
Officials said the park is phase 1 of a larger project and is slated for only a portion of the acreage owned by Gaylord at that location. Parton’s Dollywood Company and Gaylord Entertainment have entered into a 50/50 joint venture, with the Dollywood Company operating the park.
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