Posted Sunday, May 8, 2005 11:43 PM | Contributed by Jophish
Saying its existence as an entertainment destination was in jeopardy, AstroWorld filed a lawsuit against the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation on Friday, claiming the agency has wrongfully snagged the theme park's parking spots.
Read more from The Houston Chronicle.
A wealthy judge!
They shared parking lots. When the park went up for sale, the parking lot did not. The new owner of the lot, and the Dome, the county, would only lease the spots. AW could do nothing for land for a new lot, as the park is land locked.
The problem was when built by the judge, there was never thought to what if I sell this Dome and Park to 2 different people.
That hotel you stayed in was built by him too. Later he had another floor added on for him and used the park decorator/designer to design his top floor.I arrainged a tour last year for our local board group. The judges even owned Ringling circus at one point. On his top floor, he has a jungle room, a circus room, a puppet room, and many other odd themed suites.
I dont know why I never made the Judge Roy Scream connection but I bet it name after him.
Since 1968, Astroworld remains the premier Gulf Coast amusement park and one of Houston's top attractions. Developed by local philanthropist and former Houston mayor Judge Roy Hofheinz to compliment The Astrodome, this amusement park has brought thrills and good times to several generations of Houstonians.
Anyway, when the park was built there was nothing out here and not much more when Six Flags began operating the place in the 70s. In the last twenty years however the city has claimed emminent domain and seized all available land around the park, and they control the Reliant center parking as well (and keep raising the prices). Astroworld's only option at this point is to build a parking garage on the car dealership lot if they can't come to terms with the city parking, but obviously they want to avoid such expensive construction.
JUDGE ROY SCREAM
The "awe" west of the Pecos, this classic wooden roller coaster sprawls over an eight-acre site along the park's entry lake. Speeding along at 50 mph, it has a personality all its own. (must be at least 42" tall to ride)
"awe west of the Pecos" sounds a lot like "Law West of the Pecos". I don't think it's even a question.
*** This post was edited by Blaster_1578 5/11/2005 12:27:26 PM ***
Haha, I actually wrote that text for the sixflagshouston.com site.
Anyway, Judge Roy Scream was named after Judge Roy Bean. It has nothing to do with Judge Roy Hofheinz, a decidedly non-hanging judge from Houston. Sure, he's part of Texas history and marginally interesting in his own right, but he's not the tall tale legend one names rollercoasters after (he did get a mountain in Astroworld named after him, but then again he built the place).
Hofheinz had nothing to do with Six Flags Over Texas except he hired some of the people who built it to help him build his park; and by the time Astroworld became a Six Flags Hofheinz no longer had a stake in the place. If Judge Roy Scream was at Astroworld, well maybe a connection could be drawn, but there's really nothing base a tribute to the guy over in Arlington.
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