Residents not thrilled about Nashville Shores proposed amusement park expansion

Posted Friday, January 2, 2004 10:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

An Opryland-style theme park on the banks of Percy Priest Lake would damage the natural beauty of the Hermitage area and choke its already-clogged streets with more traffic, neighborhood groups say. They are reacting with skepticism and some alarm at a proposal by Nashville Shores water park to add a dry-land theme park. Neighborhood leaders said they knew nothing of the proposal until reading about it Tuesday.

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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:32 PM

Neighborhood leaders said they knew nothing of the proposal until reading about it Tuesday.

THAT is never a good thing. If you're trying to build something like this, it's always in your best interest to get the local support.

Just ask SF about the rumored hyper for SFWoA.. (how many years they been working on this now??)

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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:38 PM
Hah. I've never thought of Hermitage of having a natural beauty to it. The lake itself, sure, but where the park would be built, is right next to a large concrete dam. Natural beauty?

I don't think the park would affect the traffic in town in Hermitage much either. Most of the traffic would be arriving/departing from I-40, and it's what, 4 lanes wide there? Opryland was on a 2 lane highway for the longest time.

Guess it couldn't hurt to write the ["url=http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/"] USACE Nashville District

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Friday, January 2, 2004 12:38 PM
This one's going nowhere fast. Between the Corp of Engineers and the NIMBY's (and apparently well to do ones at that) this is one that probably will not get past the talk stage.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 1:03 PM
Forget SFWoA, how about Waldameer's proposed coaster? Isn't that almost 10 years in the making?
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Friday, January 2, 2004 7:43 PM
Man , poor Nashville. The people who try to place these Theme Parks come up with the worst places .Even though Nashville is probably the most untapped market(lake Winnie, Dollywood,Libertyland, and beech bend are not competition), they just can't find a spot for a real theme park. The Thrilopolis Idea would have been just about the worst Traffic Nightmare ever , and this place has thousands of neighbors. Come up with a proposal that has a chance , please.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 10:05 PM
Well I'm very sorry to hear how locals are acting towards this proposal. I think they are looking at the negative (which really isn't that negative) instead of all the positives the park addition would have. Nashville Shores isn't that far off I-40 (around a half mile or so I think), so I don't think the traffic congestion idea is valid. The park would be a boon for our suffering tourism industry here, as well as provide much needed summer jobs for students and permanent jobs for others. Everyone I know *****es and moans about Opryland's demise, yet when a new park idea comes along it can't seem to gather any local support. What an outrage!
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Friday, January 2, 2004 10:08 PM
Oops sorry. I didn't know I can't say the "b" word here.
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Friday, January 2, 2004 11:38 PM
I can't beleive this...I have lived in Nashville all my life and have accepted the fact that I must travel to ride a good coaster. Everytime something is offered it's shot down. If i every win a multi-million dollar lottery you can beleive that a park will be created near Nashville. I'll buy land outside of the county and build away.

As to those upset about a park being in the middle of an estabilshed neighboor hood...where do they think Opryland was? The only thing that seperated it from neighborhoods was a river or a highway.

In reguards to traffic...Nashville has a lot of traffic problems. I understand how these poeple could feel in the area but it's just a short distance, 1/2 mile max from I-40. It's not like a stadium will be built that will restrict an entire neighboorhood freeway or downtown access when an event takes place (which is what happened when the stadium was built on the east bank). Thrillopolis would have added to the conjestion.

It's a fact. It will not happen in this town. I hope I am proven wrong.

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Sunday, January 4, 2004 2:31 AM
We've got plenty of undeveloped land in Northeast Tennessee ... bring the theme park here! :)
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Sunday, January 4, 2004 1:25 PM
Xrae...isn't Dollywood enough? I can't wait to ride Thunderhead! Nashville needs the park much worse than the NE part of the state.
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Monday, January 5, 2004 9:52 AM
waaaaaaaaaaaa ... wwaaaaaaaaaaaa.. Get over it . a park in the area sounds great!!!!! its all about the mighty dallor anyway.. it will , if built bring in more revenue to the city. With out revenue . there will be no city... Go for it Nashville Shores!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2004 7:59 PM
I really can't believe anyone would say Dollywood is enough!! I live 45 minute from dollywood and travel 750 miles to and amusement park with real rides, Cedar Point. I want Nashville to get a new park, because around Knoxville we have the same problem about ideas and parks, Dolly shuts them down quick. To much competion for her Theme Park, We need an amusement park with thrill rides that compete with the top rides around the world. I agree with bribal3, when I win a big Lottery I will build Tenneessee and amusement park that will compete for best amusement park around just like Cedar Point has done. I wish these people wanting to build these parks would look at areas other then around big cities. Find a county that will let you build what you want, when you want and the people will come and the community will grow around the park. Trust me, People come from all over the country to go to Cedar Point every year, why can't they want to come here tooo!!
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