Dolly Parton announcement

Country music superstar Dolly Parton has revealed that she is still considering building an attraction in Nashville, after plans for a water and snow park were dropped.

Speaking to Nashville's News 2 station, Parton claimed that she still has plans to "do something great and special in Nashville". However, she refused to be drawn on the nature of any potential development, which would be likely to be linked to the existing brand of the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Any such project seems likely to be several years away from commencement, let alone completion. The earlier water and snow park project had been announced in January, with Parton and Dollywood co-owner Herschend Family Entertainment partnering with Gaylord Entertainment Co. However, Parton and Herschend withdrew in September, claiming that Gaylord's sale of its hotel brand to Marriott had led to a lack of focus on the project.

Plans for the water and snow park 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.

The project appears to be dead altogether, with Gaylord having moved to sell its nearby Opryland Resort and Convention Center and no other backers having come forward.


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