Kentucky Horse Park Hotel is Dead

Posted by Jennifer Karlen on Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 9:23pm.

ky-horse-park_298Well, its official:  the proposed Kentucky Horse Park hotel is dead - at least for now.  For those that read the earlier Kentucky Horse Park Hotel article, you will recall the hotel was being funded primarily through the sale of bonds.  Those bonds needed to be sold before an April 15 2008 deadline, to ensure that the proposed KY horse park hotel would be completed in time for the 2010 World Equestrian Games.  [Officials at the horse park do NOT want any construction taking place at the horse park during the 2010 WEG.]

The bottom line: the bonds weren’t sold in time for the April 15th deadline, and as such the deal will not be allowed to proceed.

Kentucky horse park officials have stated that the proposed failed hotel deal should not have any impact on the games, as there is ample hotel facilities located within a short distance of the horse park.  And while they would have liked to been able to provide an on site facility for persons attending, that the short commuting distance is reasonable to the other hotel facilities in the area.

So, the hotel is dead - for now.  But, its important to note that a hotel is in the KY horse park master plans, and it is likely that right after the 2010 WEG at the Lexington KY facility, you can expect the Horse Park hotel discussion to resume.  The KY horse park remains consistently busy - and booked for most days year round.  A hotel would provide an additional revenue stream for maintaining the facility.

The hotel should be a nice addition and convenience for those persons that are interested in the various activities located there.  Buts, its not a total loss - the persons commuting driving back and forth from the horse park have to “endure” driving past some absolutely gorgeous Ky horse farms to get from the horse park to their hotel, and back again.  I’m sure people will “tolerate” their harsh conditions.

1 Response to "Kentucky Horse Park Hotel is Dead"

Flemington Racecourse wrote: I surprised with your thinking. Nice to be here.

Flemington Racecourse

Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 at 8:50am.