This article was originally published in The Lane Report on August 4, 2017.

Tourism has become a major economic driver for Elizabethtown and the surrounding area. In 2016, 3,687 people made their living in the tourism industry in Hardin County.

Local businesses have experienced exponential growth since the Elizabethtown Sports Park opened in 2012, and major chains have joined in. In the summer of 2017 the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame opens in the revitalized downtown. Last year 30,000 people visited the Elizabethtown Aquatic Park in its first 73 summer days of operation. Construction is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2018 for a Vietnam veterans memorial wall. At 80 percent the size of the wall in Washington, D.C., the Kentucky replica memorial will be located in Elizabethtown Nature Park.

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