Posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 9:31 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond
The dilapidated former Six Flags park in eastern New Orleans is being overtaken by nature, and the mayor's administration has refused to adhere to a 2009 agreement to maintain the shuttered park. If the city doesn't take responsibility now, the Industrial Development Board should sell or auction off the property soon, two officials with the board said Tuesday (March 8).
Read more from The Times-Picayune.
I went back and looked at SFNO's lineup before the hurricane. They had quite an excellent selection of rare flat rides. It really is a shame they couldn't save those, or the Boomerang and Wild Mouse coasters they had. Those two rides plus must of their flats were abandoned. Imagine what SFNo could be today if nothing had ever happened....
To be honest, it probably wouldn't have lasted without the hurricane. There's a reason why nobody was even remotely interested in trying to reopen it.
If I recall correctly, pre-Katrina, the place wasn't doing all that well and was running on very limited hours (10am-5pm days, which in a city like New Orleans, is unheard of) and wasn't much anyway. They salvaged the B&M invert, which was probably the only thing worth much in there. Vekoma Boomerangs are a dime a dozen, and we have seen how many CCI woodies of that era have already bit the dust for one reason or another. There is a reason the B&M invert was quickly removed and little else - nothing else was really noteworthy.
In my 2 visits, I found it to be one of the cleaner, and better maintained SF parks. But yeah, as far as the rides, I barely even remember anything about it, other than a Batman with no theming, and the Mega-zeph, which looked really sweet in pictures, but was a let-down.
The park was a money pit from the get go. SF signed the operating contract when they were on their big expansion trip. The handwriting was on the wall long before that park was built (Jazzland). Lake Ponchatrain Park died for the same reason. New or old, the population wasn't interested.
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