Dolly Parton has confirmed that Dollywood has dropped out of a project to build a new water and snow park in Nashville.
The country singer, who co-owns Dollywood, released a statement confirming that the park will no longer participate in the construction or operation of the park. Parton blamed the park's move on the decision by Gaylord Entertainment Co., its partner on the Nashville project, to sell the Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
In the statement, Parton said: "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. Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process."
Doubts had been raised over the future of the project in August, when Parton claimed that Gaylord's sale of its hotel brand to Marriott had resulted in a lack of progress. At the time, Gaylord released a statement reaffirming its commitment to the water and snow park development, but it is not known if it will proceed without Dollywood's support.
Plans for the water and snow park, announced in January, called for it to be divided into two sections. The largest of these would be occupied by the water park, which would boast a number of slides and a lazy river. The smaller snow park would contain just two slides initially, with fake snow being used to keep it operational during periods of milder weather.