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Earlier in the year we reported that developers had plans to fill the void in the Houston area that Astroworld left when it closed in 2005. This week, more detailed plans were revealed that showed exactly how the Grand Texas theme park would open. According to the Community Impact Newspaper, The Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District when completed will include a 150-acre theme park, 40-acre water park, 83-acre sports complex, RV park with 144 lots, more than 240 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail and dining. The project will be opening in phases over the next few years. The first two parts of the project will see the opening of the water park and sports complex. In August, construction on the first phase is set to begin with the building of indoor sports complex and 20 fields utilizing that latest in turf technology. This project is slated to open in March 2015. The second phase will be the construction of the Big Rivers Waterpark which is slated to start in September and open in June 2015.
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The first phase of 71 acre theme park will come later with an expected opening date of May 2016. Currently the plan is to open the park with five roller coasters, midway games, other flat rides, live entertainment and also educational opportunities to learn about Texas. Monty Galland, CEO of the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District said, “With AstroWorld, one of the biggest things is not the closing—it was very successful—but AstroWorld’s growth potential was stunted by being boxed in. That’s why we developed [Grand Texas] with the ability to continue to grow for 30 years.” Because of this, the theme park has the ability to more than double in size with 150 acres of land that can be expanded upon.
With these plans in place, it seems as if the much rumored park now has a concrete plan and schedule for completion. As Galland says, “We have a lot to offer that you just won’t find any place else.”