(Nashville, TN) Country Music icon Dolly Parton has announced she will no longer be part of a proposed water/snow park to be built near the Opryland resort.
“Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good for their company and their stockholders and I have to make decisions based on what is best for me and the Dollywood Company,” said Parton. “Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process.”
The 114 acre park, announced in January, was billed as a water park in the summer that would transition to a winter park when temperatures turned colder.
Last month, it was announced the park “in a holding pattern” after massive changes were announced at Gaylord Entertainment, Parton’s partner in the park.
Those changes included layoffs and having Marriott run Gaylord’s hotels, including Opryland.
In a statement released today, Parton said, “I think everyone knows I love Nashville and I hope the work we’ve already done will spark more family entertainment in Nashville.”
Parton runs the hugely successful Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Gaylord Released the following statement:
Colin Reed, Gaylord chairman and chief executive officer stated, “We are deeply disappointed in today’s news that Dollywood will no longer partner with us to build a family attraction. We have enormous admiration for Dolly Parton and her company, and respect their decision. We continue to believe that a water park attraction on the property adjacent to Gaylord Opryland would be a valuable contributor to both our hotel and Nashville tourism. We will endeavor to find another quality partner so that this important tourism project can become a reality.”
Reed added, “Gaylord is excited that Marriott, the leading hotel operator in the world, will be managing our properties and believes that access to their worldwide