Plans for Houston's new amusement park unveiled

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:59:39 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2013 08:30:54 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Wednesday was the first opportunity Local 2 had to see detailed plans for Houston's next amusement park.

"I am looking forward to it," said Tiffany Salas, of Houston.

Many Houstonians are hoping this new amusement park will fill the void Astroworld left behind.

The newly named "Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District" will be nestled in the woods off Highway 59 and FM 242. The complex will include a Texas history themed amusement park larger than Astroworld, a 40-acre water park and even a 6,000 seat minor league baseball stadium.

"For the size of the market there really should be more attractions and more things that a family can do together, so we feel like we provide that," said developer Monty Galland.

It will also provide a huge economic boon to the area, including 1,200 seasonal and full time positions at the theme park and water park, and 1,600 jobs during the building phases.

"The economic impact that this will bring over a long period of time will be great for that area, you heard about the number of jobs we are going to create, that is a wonderful thing," said Chuck Hendrix, Innovative Leisure Partners CEO.

The first phase of construction, which includes building infrastructure and clearing land, will start early next year.

Opening dates are scheduled for 2015.