This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page (coming soon).Official Park Website
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
_____________________________________________________2010October 7th, 2010 - Galveston Pier project announced by Landrys2011April 23rd, 2011 - Early Pier project concept art released!October 27th, 2011 - Park website and Facebook page launchedOctober 28th, 2011 - Park teases new coaster with track photo2012January 18th, 2012 - Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Construction UpdateJanuary 30th, 2012 - Ride names and park layout revealedApril 19th, 2012 - Park prepares for Memorial Day weekend openingApril 26th, 2012 - Pricing AnnouncedJuly 4th, 2012 - Galaxy Wheel is open2013March 25th, 2013 - Iron Shark POV videos posted!
_____________________________________________________Original Post:Park Website LinkArticle from Galveston Daily News
As was announced yesterday, the not-so-beloved Flagship Hotel in Galveston is being torn down so Tilman Fertitta's Landry's Restaurants can build an amusement park on its pier.Landry’s to demolish iconic Flagship Hotel
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News
Published October 6, 2010
GALVESTON — The iconic Flagship Hotel, long neglected and more recently battered by Hurricane Ike, will be demolished if the city approves plans revealed Tuesday.
Landry’s Restaurants told the city planning commission it was abandoning plans to restore the historic hotel, the only one in Texas built on piers over the Gulf of Mexico, and would instead build an amusement park on the pier.
A year ago this month, the company said it would renovate the 225-room hotel and build an amusement park on the pier at 2501 Seawall Blvd.
Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the company’s plans for the park.
Company officials originally agreed to spend $15 million on renovations to the 45-year-old hotel and add a Chart House restaurant to the building.
“The hotel structure just wasn’t conducive to renovate,” said Jeff Cantwell, senior vice president of development for Landry’s.
Landry’s bought the hotel from the city in 2005 for $500,000. It already was dilapidated and was mauled by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Landry’s had said it would consider selling, demolishing or restoring the hotel.
In a return to its roots, the pier will boast a double-decker carousel, a Ferris wheel and 1940s-style amusements similar to the attractions the pier featured when it was built in 1943.
The hotel was built in 1965 as a show of confidence after Hurricane Carla.
“I’m really glad you couldn’t do the hotel because this really looks nice,” Dominick Sasser, a member of the planning commission, said. “I think this has a lot of potential for Galveston.”
Once approved, the project is slated to take about 18 months and cost about $30 million.
“We just thought ‘what a great opportunity to restore this pier to its original glory,’” Cantwell said, adding the park will employ Galveston and area residents.
While mostly positive about the project, the panel did voice concerns about parking, which will be across the street adjacent to Fish Tales restaurant, also owned by Landry’s Restaurants.
The panel also recommended that Cantwell look into walkover access to the pier over Seawall Boulevard.
“We’re proposing to go explore that,” Cantwell said. “We’re prepared to carry the torch, but it wasn’t a condition for us to go forward on the pier.”
Plans and details of the park still are being discussed, Cantwell said.
Representatives from Landry’s will meet with city council at the end of October and in November with the zoning board.
If officials OK the plans, demolition and construction could begin by the end of the year, Cantwell said.