Posted Wednesday, August 11, 2004 10:54 AM | Contributed by ProgRay
A group of investors has plans to build a zoo and a separate 364-acre Old West theme park in Boulder City, Nevada. The theme park would likely include rides, shows, and replicas of Old West buildings.
Read more from The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Along with an intact, but abandoned Waterpark
Furthermore, Boulder City has a tight regulation on how much land they develop. The city owns about as much land as all of Vegas is on. They run a very controlled growth program. In my opinion this WILL NEVER happen on land owned by Boulder City.
P.S. I’m no Boulder City expert, but I do work out there and have even treated one of the guys on the planning commission. He was upset about the recent addition of a golf course. I cannot imagine what he would say to Wally World in his back yard!
While I certainly would love a theme park near my home, it just seems like a bad idea. If my Cool Deck is burning my dog’s feet today, I’m not sure what materials they can use on their rides that would make it even remotely comfortable for the guest. It would have to be like Universal Studio’s or something of the sort to ever work.
Could you imagine sitting in a spider car waiting to get off in the hot desert sun?
P.S.S. I live out on the west side of Vegas (Summerlin)! This is the cool part of town. It is a good 5-10 degrees hotter where they are proposing the park. Maybe they want a seasonal park that is closed in the summer. Hmmmm!
If you are going to build a theme park, do it within easy reach (or monorail ride) from the pool of potential guests. Developing a park for locals only would be like saying, "We want to make money, but not that much money."
Jeffrey, you should get little shoes for your doggie! ;)
I missed the monorail comment. This makes sense, except there is NO land available near the monorail except for the old golf course behind the new (upcoming) Wynn casino that he has his own plans for. Land anywhere near the new monorail is just too expensive.
There was an article in a magazine or newspaper a year or so ago where Steve Wynn discussed using the land behind the new casino to make an Epcot type of park. I've heard nothing since that one mention oh so long ago. I have seen that the land is basically useless at this time. All the houses he bought out are sitting there abandoned while the golf course is still watered, BUT not used to my knowledge.
P.S. The new Wynn casino looks amazing. It dwarfs the rest of The Strip and changes the skyline.
Was the Epcot Style park the one with the giant Ferris Wheel?
And I can't imagine the heat would be significantly worse than a visit to SFMM durning the summer. It gets hotter than hades out there, but people still pack in all summer long.
As long as they have LOTS of water rides, enclosed eateries, indoor shows, and plenty of shade/landscaping (hire Michael Bonfante!), don't see why this couldn't work. The weather off season (Vegas's high season) would be ideal, then SoCal would essentially have yet another year round theme park! Make it a quality park with plenty of rides that people will want to come back to again and again, not like the 2hr park that MGM Grand was.
Too bad there's no word on a possible relocation. I'm surpirsed Circus Circus didn't grab the attractions.
While I would like it to be, I just don't think a full fledge theme park is economically viable in the Vegas area. Both because of the weather and also because tourist there seem much more interested in gambling or spending the day around a pool then hoofing it through the heat in a theme park.
Now, with that said, I've never been to BC, but I cannot imagine that it is much different. To me, 100 and 110 are so close that it doesn't matter much. I heard on the news that the planning commission or City Council (whatever) have approved it but they are going to let the residents have a discussion about it before anything else happens.
Personally, I am all for a Park here somewhere. Parents can drop the hoodlums off and go gamble somewhere. It will keep the kids out of the casino's anyway. Plus there's not much for local kids to do anyway unless you go to the strip. From what I have found out, most of us locals do not go there if we can avoid it.
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