Nashville Shores owners want to build theme park

Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2003 6:41 PM | Contributed by Raptor Pilot

Owners of Nashville Shores waterpark, located just east of Nashville, want to build a multimillion-dollar amusement park on their 376 acre parcel of land that includes the 20-30 acre water park and its parking lot. The waterpark owners are having trouble getting approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but are hoping to work something out soon.

Read more from The Tennessean.

Wednesday, December 31, 2003 12:02 AM
I truly hope this new park pans out for us Nashvillians! That would be quite a switch for a water park to be adding a theme park instead of the other way around as is usually the case. Nashville Shores is in an ideal location for the park too I believe. It would definitely help fill the void left by Opryland's demise. Perhaps Thrillopolis isn't dead afterall!
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Wednesday, December 31, 2003 6:26 PM
The article doesn't say how large the theme park would be, or if $100 million is a real cost estimate (just says it's a number that was 'mentioned'), or if that amount is an initial cost for the first phase, or the total cost (I would hope not). Not putting down the author of the article, which he did a good job on IMO, but I guess those details are either not available yet, or not known or decided on yet. There also isn't an estimation given on how big the park would be, only that they own ~346 acres that, as far as we know, isn't being used.

Here is a map of the Nashville Shores area. I don't know if they own all the green area, including southwest of the dam, or just most of everything green west of Old Hickory Blvd, and south of and east of Bell Rd.


Here is an aerial photo of same area. The water park is in the dead center of the photo, on the penninsula. There's a marina just NW of it. That's as far as terraserver will zoom on (unless you subscribe). Mapquest doesn't have their aerial photo's anymore (could zoom in much more).

Nashville Shore's website.


thrillerman1, this is a completely different idea/people than Thrillopolis (I assume you know that, but for others), but I wonder what the chances would be of them using some of the same ride concepts Thrillopolis was going to have. I read just the other day here that there was a Giant Inverted Boomerang possibly 'planned' for Thrillopolis. I never knew that. All I ever saw was a full course Inverted and a woody.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2003 10:37 PM
Raptor Pilot...Thanks for the link to the aerial photo. Assuming the green space around the lake is what they want to use for the park, it would be quite a sprawling layout with the water park at the core. I still think Thrillopolis would be a good name for the theme park side, but I imagine they will just keep Nashville Shores as an all encompassing name for the water and theme parks.
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Thursday, January 8, 2004 10:11 AM
so ,in the age of building(new) amusement parks. Whatever happened to the guy that wanted to build an amusement park in Pennsylvania? He like fell of the ends of the earth?? well, if he thinks one going to fly in Pa , he does live on the edge of the earth and in his mind, the earth is FLAT!!!!!Kennywood is barely making it through this amusement tax hike thing and we are going to get a new park in Western PA .......NOT........
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