Tourism Authority Approves Tax Incentives for Noah’s Ark-Themed Amusement Park

by Gabe Bullard on May 19, 2011

A Kentucky state agency has approved more than $40 million in tax incentives for a planned Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park in northern Kentucky.

The Tourism Development Finance Authority unanimously approved the incentives today for the Ark Encounter park. The tax incentives were a major part of the financing plan for the $172 million project.

The park is being developed in part by Answers in Genesis—the Christian group that built the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky. Both developments follow a literal interpretation of the Bible. The centerpiece of the theme park will be a replica of the biblical ark, complete with dinosaurs inside, as Answers in Genesis believe dinosaurs and humans co-existed several thousand years ago.

The park has drawn criticism from those who question its scientific validity. Others have slammed Governor Steve Beshear and other state officials for pushing for government support for a park that could serve to further a religious belief.

Officials expect to break ground on the park in August.

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