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Postby ginzo » Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:01 pm

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Postby DBru » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:58 pm

...but Bob isn't quite as satisfied with this gift...

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Postby The Disneylander » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:06 pm

You've got to be sh*tting me... :roll:

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Postby The Alex » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:42 pm

^ No, he's still quite serious about convincing the world that this spot should be his. I don't even consider it a park anymore, it's just a spot.

I mean, if the Saints can get this close to the Superbowl, maybe SFNO can reopen afterall. Who knows?

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Postby larrygator » Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:49 pm

Reading Danny Rogers quote about wanting to build on the site of a former park in New Orleans, he should not give up. rcdb lists 7 others parks that were formerly in New Orleans.

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Postby coasterdude5 » Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:13 pm

Danny, Denny's is hiring.

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Postby wiyoh1984 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:08 am

Danny can try all he want, but it just isn't looking great for he nor his "company" not that myself or others have already said that. I say the sh*tty should just liquidate what is left. There are profitable parks out there such as Dixie Landin' and others that are interested in it's contents, redevelop the land for something else, and/or just let nature take its course and it become part of the swamp again.

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Postby wiyoh1984 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:28 pm

http://blogs.wsj.com/bankruptcy/2009/12 ... k-to-city/

Six Flags Inc. gained bankruptcy-court approval last week to hand a theme park ravaged by Hurricane Katrina over to the City of New Orleans.

The deal clears the way for the city to sell the former Six Flags New Orleans to a developer that would reopen the park, but that plan remains on shaky ground. The theme park has been closed since August 2005, when Hurricane Katrina inflicted catastrophic damage and covered the property with several feet of water.

Six Flags, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June, struck a deal to give control of the property and the idled rides back to New Orleans. The company also agreed to pay the city $3 million and to share a portion of insurance recoveries above $65 million, according to bankruptcy-court documents.

The deal halts legal action the city took against Six Flags in connection to keeping the park closed. With control of the property, New Orleans can now move forward with plans to reopen the tourist attraction on the city’s eastern edge.

In August, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer joined Mayor Ray Nagin to announce that the park would reopen as “Nickelodeon Universe New Orleans.” But those plans fell apart last month when the children’s cable network pulled out of the deal with Southern Star Amusement, the company that plans to redevelop the site.

Southern Star also said last month that it will move ahead with plans to buy the land from the city, even without Nickelodeon.

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Postby wiyoh1984 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:44 am

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... onver.html

Firm renews interest in converting abandoned Six Flags theme park into eastern New Orleans sports complex
By Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune
December 11, 2009, 7:19AM
Chris Granger / The Times-PicayuneA California-based firm wants to convert the old Six Flags site in eastern New Orleans into a sprawling sports complex.
A month after cable television giant Nickelodeon backed off plans to redevelop the abandoned Six Flags theme park in eastern New Orleans, representatives from the California-based Big League Dreams renewed their interest this week in the site as a potential home for a new sprawling sports complex.

The company, which operates nine recreational sports complexes throughout the country, will research the project during the next three to four months, Pat Knight, its director of new park operations, told members of a City Council committee on Thursday.

Under the proposal, New Orleans officials would be responsible for covering the estimated $25 million cost of construction, in exchange for Big League Dreams staffing and maintaining the facility for 30 years.

City Council President Arnie Fielkow, who has championed the project, has said the funding could be raised through local, state and federal sources.

Much of the cost could later be recouped through direct and indirect spending tied to the park, according to company officials, who have pegged annual figures at around $9 million and $29 million, respectively.

Best known for building baseball stadiums that replicate those in Major League Baseball, Big League Dreams complexes often include facilities to play baseball, softball, soccer, in-line hockey, basketball, flag football and volleyball. An arcade and batting cages are available, as well as an on-site restaurant.

During the day, the complexes are free to the public, similar to a public park. The company generates revenue by charging local sports leagues to use them at night and by marketing them to regional sports groups that would meet for tournaments.

Fielkow, at a hearing for the council's Youth and Recreation Committee, said he is optimistic that the company wouldn't have a problem attracting participants to the facility. "The uniqueness of this is unlike anything that we've ever seen, " he said.

Knight, making his pitch to committee members, emphasized that the initial cost would sustain the park for the long-run.

"The beauty of it, " he said, "is that once the park is built, you never have to put another dime into it."

That was welcome news for committee members, who remarked that the site, once heralded as a tourist attraction, has sat untended for four years.

Nickelodeon's announcement last month ended its alliance with Southern Star Amusement, the fledging Louisiana company that had planned to spend more than $150 million on reopening the theme park.

And earlier this week, a Delaware court handling the bankruptcy of Six Flags Inc. agreed to allow the company to terminate its lease with New Orleans under an agreement that calls for New Orleans to receive $3 million in cash, as well as 25-percent of the theme park operator's Hurricane Katrina-related insurance proceeds if the amount exceeds $65 million.

"I couldn't think of anything better for this community right now, " Fielkow said on the proposal. "This is a project that's going to benefit the entire city, and the entire region."

Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson said eastern New Orleans residents, who largely expressed support during a community meeting on the plan in August, would particularly benefit from the project's development.

"It couldn't be a better place as far as visibility, as far as drawing other parishes into it, " Clarkson said.

Richard Thompson can be reached at rthompson@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3300.

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Postby spaceace12 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:30 pm

LEts see, a theme park failed there....a sports complex hasn't been tried. I think a sports complex sounds better then a theme park for the area.


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