After eight long years without a proper amusement park (R.I.P. AstroWorld), Houstonians have been chomping at the bit for the upcoming Grand Texas Theme Park — a 600-acre celebration of all things Lone Star, complete with wooden roller coasters, artificial lakes and a gun-totin' horse mascot named Lasso.
Project owners posted Facebook images in August of its still largely undeveloped land along U.S. Route 59 in New Caney, noting that the region's natural beauty will be incorporated into the park.
But a CultureMap visit to a subdivision directly next to the $205 million park's site showed that not all local residents are jumping for joy. While some anticipate a hearty uptick in property values, others fear the loss of the quiet county life that initially drew them to the area.
Watch CultureMap's exclusive video below (or at the top of this story) to hear residents weight in on the hotly-anticipated project.