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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:40 pm

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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).

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

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2010
October 7th, 2010 - Galveston Pier project announced by Landrys

2011
April 23rd, 2011 - Early Pier project concept art released!
October 27th, 2011 - Park website and Facebook page launched
October 28th, 2011 - Park teases new coaster with track photo

2012
January 18th, 2012 - Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Construction Update
January 30th, 2012 - Ride names and park layout revealed
April 19th, 2012 - Park prepares for Memorial Day weekend opening
April 26th, 2012 - Pricing Announced
July 4th, 2012 - Galaxy Wheel is open

2013
March 25th, 2013 - Iron Shark POV videos posted!

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Article 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.
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby SharkTums » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:43 pm

SON OF BOARDWALK BULLET!!!!!!

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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby ParkTrips » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:47 pm

awesome, I really like Galveston

I hear there is an old woodie from Ohio that could use a home, maybe that could give them a start!

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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:48 pm

SharkTums wrote:SON OF BOARDWALK BULLET!!!!!!

Do we keep the extra "B" on the acronym? SOB(B)?
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby beatle11 » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:51 pm

It would be a small pier park but I'm sure Houston would welcome the park relatively nearby after losing Astroworld.
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby let1gre » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:58 pm

beatle11 wrote:It would be a small pier park but I'm sure Houston would welcome the park relatively nearby after losing Astroworld.


They've already got Kemah, but for a demographic that large I agree that another would be warmly welcomed.
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby SharkTums » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:15 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:
SharkTums wrote:SON OF BOARDWALK BULLET!!!!!!

Do we keep the extra "B" on the acronym? SOB(B)?


Noooo!!! The extra B is a scam!!!! :lmao:

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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby larrygator » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm

let1gre wrote:
beatle11 wrote:It would be a small pier park but I'm sure Houston would welcome the park relatively nearby after losing Astroworld.


They've already got Kemah, but for a demographic that large I agree that another would be warmly welcomed.


Landry's also owns Kemah. I should have mentioned that in the lead post.
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Oct 07, 2010 9:36 pm

SharkTums wrote:SON OF BOARDWALK BULLET!!!!!!



God, please no!
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Re: New Amusement Park proposed for Galveston, Texas

Postby Meteornotes » Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:51 pm

^Same.

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