Tennessee theme park proposal starts controversy

Posted Monday, October 17, 2011 8:16 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After losing a battle to demolish the racetrack at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, a group of neighbors was annoyed to hear Metro Council members saying the city should consider putting up some roller coasters, too. But some councilmen say it’s smart business for the city, which is about to study the best use of the 117-acre site, to explore the possibility of opening a theme park there.

Read more from The Tennessean.

Monday, October 17, 2011 2:04 PM

Neighbors are the most annoying things in the world when it comes to getting anything built, roller coasters or otherwise. And very seldom do I sympathize with them.

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Monday, October 17, 2011 3:06 PM

Another case of "NIMBY".

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Monday, October 17, 2011 4:09 PM

I think I'd could get bought off by a lifetime pass. ;)

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Monday, October 17, 2011 4:15 PM

bjames said:
Neighbors are the most annoying things in the world...And very seldom do I sympathize with them.

Spoken like a true people person. ;)

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Monday, October 17, 2011 4:15 PM

I think I'd have to have my own parking spot, too.

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Monday, October 17, 2011 6:14 PM

If you were right next to the park, would you even need to drive?

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Monday, October 17, 2011 7:24 PM

The thing that annoys me are the people on this site. The last thing we need in this world along with people fighting each other is another trashy amusement park. Makes you wonder what year the earth will be completely trashed. Predictions anybody.

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Monday, October 17, 2011 9:26 PM

Spoken like a true people person. ;)

Lol just saying. I work in planning and I've been to many community meetings, which I'm sure these people are screaming in. The active ones who go to such meetings and give interviews to newspapers are the ones you aren't ever going to change the minds of. They rarely represent the majority of neighbors' actual opinions.

After looking at the location of the fairgrounds though, I gotta say it's a pretty stupid location to want to build something like this. The area is relatively densely populated. The smart thing to do would be to move the plan to the outskirts of the city where there are fewer nimbys.

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Monday, October 17, 2011 10:09 PM

Philip E. Peavy III said:
The thing that annoys me are the people on this site. The last thing we need in this world along with people fighting each other is another trashy amusement park. Makes you wonder what year the earth will be completely trashed. Predictions anybody.

So why do you bother even posting here?

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Monday, October 17, 2011 11:41 PM

Like I said in previous posts, out of boredom. I am always amused at some of these silly, narrow minded hobby enthusiasts that cannot possibly understand the whole picture. Money unfortunately is what makes the world go around. Nothing is done on this planet without that consideration like building amusuement parks, Walmarts, and shopping malls. People need to consider preserving what keeps us alive like our environment instead of expanding our population and building more of this junk.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 12:16 AM

You could go troll the "Save the Earth" message boards then. This is CoasterBuzz. We talk about coasters and amusement parks around here, friend.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:03 AM

I can't say I blame the NIMBYs in this case. It's not like it's Alton Towers which has been there for years.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:15 AM

My issue with this proposal is the the city wants 35 to 40 acres for a recreational park, thus leaving the proposed theme park with 70-80 acres. While that might be a great starting point, what happens if ( and that is a big if) this park is successful and wants to do a major expansion in the next 10-15 years?

I agree with moving it to the outskirts....pretty much like Dover Motorsports did with the new Nashville Superspeedway....in fact, there is plenty of open land available near that racetrack. Seen here:

http://g.co/maps/eyujw

However, that is all a moot point because that land is not owned by the city and a theme park there would have to be almost entirely a private venture. I guess that is just sorta my pipe dream. :)

Last edited by Tennessee_CP_Fan, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:17 AM
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:36 AM

Philip E. Peavy III said:
People need to consider preserving what keeps us alive like our environment instead of expanding our population and building more of this junk.

Damn me for procreating and putting my garbage on the curb twice a week.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:50 AM

It's times like these that I wish the cbuzz forums had an ignore feature. That's handy, that is.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:02 AM

Vater said:

Damn me for procreating and putting my garbage on the curb twice a week.

We only get garbage collection once a week...

...and I'm not procreating.

On the other hand, I'm all for "clean" businesses...

WWDD (What would Dolly do?)... ;)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:43 AM

8.3, it may not be alton towers, but the neighbors DID buy houses next to an active fairgrounds and racetrack which hosts large, noisy events on an almost weekly basis and involves carnival rides for several weeks a year, and which DID contain its own seasonal amusement park from 1952 to 1987 (which incidentally included a John Allen out and back). Arm waving about noise and traffic from someone who knowingly bought a house near such a piece of property is pretty funny.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 2:36 PM

Funny, but all too common. These are the same type of people that knowingly purchase houses directly under flight paths of airports, then sue them for the noise and the decrease in property value. No sympathy for them what so ever.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:19 PM

Believe me, I'm sure anybody in thier right mind would rather have development in their neighborhood than the opposide (i.e., Detroit). So would that be considered de-development? Or would velopment be fine? I'm confused.

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