A novel eco-friendly amusement park is scheduled to be opened in 2014. Named the Ark Encounter, the Christian-theme Park will have as one of its highlights a giant model of Noah’s Ark. The amusement park is being built by the organization called Answers in Genesis, which is also well known for the Creation Museum that it has built in Petersburg.
The Ark Encounter is being built on a budget of $150 million and will be constructed on eco-friendly lines, with LEED building techniques being used on the construction of the Ark and also all through the park.
The company will be using local products and companies for construction and also implement renewable energy like solar, geothermal, wind and water technologies for generating the power to animate the mechanical systems used throughout the park.
The site of the amusement park occupies 160 acres, and besides the giant Ark, which is from one of the most famous of Old Testament stories, the park will also have a live animal show and a Middle Eastern village of the first century.
‘Answers in Genesis’ are a Christian-defending ministry which is dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith effectively. The main attraction of the park will definitely be the giant ark, which will be reconstructed based on Biblical information and naval engineering.
The money for this endeavor is being sourced through donations. Donors can go directly to the website of the theme park and make their donations – a 1,000 donation for a plank on the Ark and $5,000 to get a beam on the Ark.
The Ark Encounter is sitting pretty to recoup almost 25 percent of the construction costs through the sales tax revenue on the park’s attractions. This is in accordance with the tourism laws that are in place in Kentucky, and has several organizations in America crying foul – that the government is implicitly supporting a religious organization.
However, officials in the state of Kentucky are more focused on the fact that a large project like this one will be advantageous to the state – the Ark Encounter will be responsible for creating almost 550 full-time jobs, which are much needed at this time when the American economy is struggling to get back on its feet after the 2008 economic crisis.