Beech Bend In Bowling Green Is The Only Operational Amusement Park In The State

By: Elsa Bolt Email
By: Elsa Bolt Email

"It's really fun cause they got all the cool rides," says 7-year-old Parker Johnson.

Business at Beech Bend Park, which is home to more than 30 rides, Is booming.

The amusement park says they started getting busier when Kentucky Kingdom closed down three years ago.

They say business has gone up 10 percent so far from last year alone.

"We grow at a slow pace here, steady, and at a pace we can afford to repay over a reasonable number of years so we plan on being here for a long, long time to come," says Charlotte Gonzalez, the park manager at Beech Bend.

Several guests at the park say they came out because they like the family friendly environment and how close it is to home.

"I think we need more of them but I'm glad this one is close enough that we don't have to pack and do a lot of planning and we can just get up and go so I really like it," says Suetta Patterson, a resident from Franklin.

"Of course it's not nearly as big as Kentucky Kingdom was, when I was younger, we went to Kentucky Kingdom and had a lot of fun, but this is nice, I like it here," says Jamie Hutchins, a resident from Lebanon.

Beech Bend says since they are the only amusement park in Kentucky, they want to make sure they represent the state well.

"We are family owned, it hurts me right here (patted her heart) if our guests leave and they are unhappy, we really try hard to please our guests and make them happy while they are here and provide them with a safe and fun experience," says Gonzalez.

While the rides and attractions may have changed through the decades, Beech Bend Park has been around since the late 1940s.

Beech Bend also says they have plans to continue to build and grow and will have a new surprise coming out next year.

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