La Marque, Texas official thinking rollercoasters

Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The economic development director of La Marque, Texas thinks an amusement park would be good for his city following the closure of Six Flags Astroworld, and he is particularly interested in talking to Cedar Fair about the development of a park.

Read more from The Galveston Daily News via KHOU/Houston.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:10 AM
I didn't read the article, but I could see Cedar Fair being the right company to pick in developing a park. They seem to have the whole growing aspect down pat when looking at what they did to Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, and what they are trying to do to Michigan's Adventure.

If some sort of infrastructure is in place, I could see them doing that and entering the market in that region.

~Rob Willi

P.S. While I don't completely agree with Cedar Fair stripping Dorney Park its character and completely changing the park you have to admit that what they did worked and are seeing huge returns on their investment.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:38 AM
From what I gather from the article, there is no infrastructure in place. This would be starting a park from scratch, or at least starting a park on a new piece of land that has nothing pertaining to amusement rides currently on it. Your examples of Cedar Fair all pertain to parks that they bought and continued to grow, not parks they started from scratch.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 11:55 AM
You can't just "pick" someone to develop a park. That company has to want it first.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:15 PM
Well, offer them the right deal... ;)

That being said, we'll have to see it to believe it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:52 PM
With all the parks that are having problems with their local governments/communities, it is real refreshing to read news like this...however, not quite refreshing enough to make me register to read a dayum article.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:02 PM

Article text is here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:07 PM
What does the FM stand for in the road name? I've never seen that abbriviation before.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:12 PM
It's a farm road.

But basically this location would be just off I45 halfway between Houston and Galveston. There's a Mall of the Mainland right here already.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:12 PM
Farm to Market.

I moved to Texas in 2002, and I've been learning the lingo ever since. I currently live off FM 1863.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:45 PM
What's the last major regional park started from scratch in a chain? I'd say their best bet is to talk to Kent Buescher.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005 9:55 PM
Cedar Fair has never built a park from scratch. All of their properties, including the flagship park, were already in place when they were obtained. They haven't even thought of building from scratch since the Irish Hills days, and that was thirty years ago.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:48 PM
As far as staffing/managers are concerned, I'm sure a lot of the Astroworld management would be.. umm.. available to take a position in a new park. :)
Thursday, October 20, 2005 9:57 AM
Most Houston people are just waiting for the new company to come in. There is very little feeling of loss for Astroworld for 2 reasons.

1. SF alienated a lot of people in the city when they ignored the park and let it run ragged. Even though the park has been clean up three seasons now, people still remember it as a dump.

2. People think some white knight is riding in to town next year to open a new park.

Although the Houston area has tons of cheap land right outside the city limits I just dont think any major player will build from scratch! I guess a few years of waiting will hold the truth.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 1:59 PM
I agree...

Although I find it truly amusing...once again...if in fact they would do it...

Cedar Fair to the rescue!!!*** This post was edited by brscoast 10/20/2005 2:00:46 PM ***

Thursday, October 20, 2005 2:22 PM
People here are thinking it is a publicity stunt. They think SF's will be open next year. Maybe just another owner. Well de construction has already started at the water park. I just want to scream, it aint no joke folks....

There are going to be a lot of surprised people next summer when they realized it was really true!

Who knows, when that hunger kicks in, what might be sparked!

HUM.....Houston Point ...I could dig it!

Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:30 PM
As far as staffing/managers are concerned, I'm sure a lot of the Astroworld management would be.. umm.. available to take a position in a new park.

SFAW Operations manager Linda Baldwin was just named new General Manager for Splashtown, actually.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:39 PM
I believe that a new park, with the right atmosphere, collection of rides, and cleanliness, could definitely thrive in the Houston area. It is quite a large market, and I am sure will now be among if not the largest metropolitan area without a major amusement park nearby.

I say any company with the money and half a brain could make some money on this one. I am willing to bet that something in the next 5 to 10 years will be developed. For now, Houston residents should just make the 2 to 3 hour drive to either SFoT or SFFT, if they werent doing that already.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 7:18 PM
Actually, the Wild Adventures/Cypress Gardens folks have more experience with grass roots parks than Cedar and might be a good choice if they could be interested..
Thursday, October 20, 2005 7:57 PM
Houston and Nashville will soon be able to cry together. Why oh why.

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