FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2017) - The amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park is closed because of electrical and structural issues. An inspection conducted this week by the Kentucky Department of Parks determined that the stage area is not safe for employees or park guests.
The J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was constructed in 1958 and has hosted The Stephen Foster Story annually since that time.
“As soon as we reviewed this report with inspectors, Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland and his team began the process of alerting the public and staff to the potential hazards,” said Don Parkinson, Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
Electrical service to the stage is disconnected. Kentucky State Parks safety teams have positioned signs around the amphitheatre urging visitors and workers not to enter the restricted area.
“The safety of our employees and guests is paramount to us,” said Holland.
Parkinson said his cabinet, Senator Jimmy Higdon, Representative Chad McCoy, local leaders, and the Stephen Foster Drama Association are exploring options for renovation.
All of the other amenities at My Old Kentucky Home remain open to the public.