Denver’s most popular tourist attractions will soon have a new name: the Kentucky Tourist Attractions.
The newly-named Kentucky Garden Center at the Kentuckys Center for the Arts is slated to open in 2019, replacing the old KCTA Center for The Arts in downtown Denver.
The new Kentucky is more than a destination attraction, it’s a place of inspiration, says Dan McDaniel, the CEO of the Kentucks Center for Entertainment, Recreation and Tourism.
That’s what they were founded for.
“The Kentuckies Center for Tourism, Recreation, and Tourism will take over the Kentuys Center, the former KCTAs entertainment, recreation and cultural district, and open it up to the public,” McDaniel says.
“This is a great opportunity to create a more creative, contemporary, and interactive environment in which people of all ages can enjoy great experiences and enrich their lives.”
McDaniel says the new Kentucky Garden Center will be a focal point for a new generation of visitors, and will be home to many of the best attractions in the world, including Kentucky’s premier equestrian center, the Kentucky Derby, and a world-class indoor and outdoor amphitheater.
The new facility will also include a “garden theater” for weddings, a bowling alley, a water park, and an outdoor ice rink.
The center will also be home of the newest “Kentucky Beauty,” the newest-ever “Kentuckies Biggest Adventure” for young and old, and the first-ever Kentucky “Kentucks Tour” for tourists and locals alike.
McDaniel tells KSNV News that the new facility is scheduled to open sometime this fall.
The name change is an exciting development, says KATU TV news reporter Jessica Rader, because it makes the Kentucked Garden Center a truly destination-centric place.
McDonough tells KATUS that the attraction’s name is “a direct reference to the unique environment created by the Kentucky Garden Center.”
McDonough says that the Kentuckerys Center is the “largest indoor indoor indoor attraction in the country” and will provide “unprecedented opportunities” to the local community, who will be able to visit and experience the state’s premier attractions.
“I think it’s really a great name for a place that’s going to provide a place to celebrate, and create a sense of place for the community,” he says.
The Kentucky Center will also serve as a place for people to learn about the arts, and to get a feel for the region.
“We’re trying to bring a more educational and experiential atmosphere, a more family oriented environment,” McDonow says.
McDonow said that the center will provide educational programs for the youth and adults, and that the “biggest challenge” is to bring the facilities “to the level of the city and the community.”
The center will include a children’s play area and a children-oriented “dancing garden,” as well as a “walk-in” program for adults and youth who want to learn how to use the facility.
The newly-opened Kentuckia Garden Center is expected to open next spring, with plans for a grand opening sometime in 2019.