Water, snow amusement park coming to Nashville

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 2:03pm
Staff reports

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.

Check back with The City Paper later for more information.

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By: Kosh III on 1/19/12 at 1:30

Excellent news! If Dolly's running it, it'll be a huge success. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee

By: BigPapa on 1/19/12 at 1:32

Very very very good news for Nashville. Dean my get elected King by bringing a theme park back to Nashville.

By: livbeth1 on 1/19/12 at 1:41

What about the other TWO water parks in Nashville? Both already on that side of town and one less than a mile from Oprymills. I wish there would be roller coasters instead.
But - MAJOR QUESTION - Will there be SKI SLOPES? Like Bunny hills at least? Cause that would be cool.

By: BigPapa on 1/19/12 at 2:22

This thing is gonna be big- HUGE. Wave country is operated by Metro and has been taken over by ghetto thugs so no white folks go there any more, Nash.Shore is nice enough, but this new park might kill it off. Maybe this thing will be something tourists do and Shores will be where Nashvillians go.

By: gid on 1/19/12 at 2:27

A theme park w. no roller coasters, really? I think this will be a huge bomb. A water park - Nashville Shores is a nice one. A winter park - I guess they will use plastic snow? I pulled up the place in GA - a crappy tube run is shown.
Epic FAIL.

By: BigPapa on 1/19/12 at 3:31

gid
So you are saying a 50M investment in Nashville is a bad thing???

I struggle to follow that line of reasoning.

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