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Dolly Parton plans new water/snow park in Nashville

January 19th, 2012 2:21 pm by JOE EDWARDS, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton plans a water-snow park in Nashville, described as the first of its kind in the country.

It will join her theme park and a water park in Pigeon Forge, about 190 miles away in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.

The planned $50 million venture will be a partnership with Gaylord Entertainment, which owns the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and the Grand Ole Opry country music show in Nashville.

The 114-acre park is projected to open as early as summer 2014 with an expected 500,000 visitors in the first full season. It's expected to hire 450 full and part-time employees.

Parton's Dollywood theme park and Splash Country attract approximately four million visitors yearly.

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