NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Singer Dolly Parton has announced her plans to end her partnership with Gaylord Opryland Hotel and will no longer be building an amusement park in Nashville.
On Friday, Parton released a statement saying that due to the decision by Gaylord to sell the Opryland Resort and Convention center to a third party, the Dollywood Company would no longer pursue plans to participate in the previously announced water park.
"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."
Parton and Gaylord had announced the plans for the $50 million water and snow park in January.
"I think everyone knows I love Nashville and I hope the work we've already done will spark more family entertainment in Nashville," Parton added.
Many in Nashville were disappointed to learn of Parton's decision.
"We are obviously disappointed in this news. The concept and the partnership were perfect for Nashville. With a little time and a little hard work, hopefully we can regenerate this or a similar development for this city. It's apparent by the previous intent that the market demand is there for this type of concept, and Nashville certainly deserves it. We just need to be smart and go out and shop this idea further," said Butch Spyridon, of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Nashville Mayor Dean said that he was also disappointed to hear of Parton's choice, but had been informed that Gaylord still has plans to pursue the possibility of a water park in Nashville.
"I am disappointed with this news, but I am happy to hear
that Gaylord still plans to pursue the possibility of a water park. A theme
park would be great for Nashville and our tourism industry. I think the world
of Dolly Parton, who has been wonderful to both Nashville and the entire state
of Tennessee," said Dean.