Dolly Parton ends plans for Nashville water and snow park

Dolly Parton has canceled plans for a water and snow park at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Also pictured: Gaylord Entertainment Co. CEO Colin Reed.

Dolly Parton, along with her Dollywood Co., will not help develop a snow and water park at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Parton announced today.

Parton said her decision was prompted byTuesday’s vote of Gaylord shareholders to sell the Gaylord brand and management rights of several Gaylord properties — including Gaylord Opryland — to Marriott International Inc.

“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 Co.,” Parton said in a statement. “Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process.”

In August, Parton announced that plans for the park were in a “holding pattern.”

Gaylord and Parton announced plans for the $50 million park in January. Gaylord’s deal with Marriott was first announced in May.

Assistant Managing Editor-Nashville Business Journal

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