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Plans For Dolly Parton’s Nashville Water And Snow Park Put On Hold

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On Friday, while Dolly Parton was awarded her first gold record in 11 years, for the Cracker Barrel recording An Evening With…Dolly, the singer announced plans to build a new water and snow park in Nashville are on hold. The announcement comes on the heels of Gaylord’s plans (announced in May) to sell its hotel brand and rights to manage its four hotels to Marriott.Although Gaylord will retain its ownership of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, WSM-AM, and other attractions, the company will be cutting more than 300 corporate jobs in Nashville. Parton’s new park, set to be build in Donelson near McGavock Pike and Pennington Bend Road, was to open as early as spring 2014 and could add almost 500 jobs, not to mention attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. Gaylord said they are still “100 percent committed to the Dollywood water and snow park project.” It’s not known if the Marriott sale is connected to Parton’s statement.

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