New Theme Park Controversy

AstroWorld replacement drama: Houston's new theme park promises big news, but neighbors aren't all happy

AstroWorld replacement drama: New Houston theme park promises big news

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.

A Thursday post promised that official "long-awaited info" will be revealed later this fall. Initial site work began in July.

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.

Grand Texas theme park horse mascot HORIZONTAL
Meet Lasso, official mascot of the forthcoming Grand Texas Theme Park. Grand Texas Theme Park/Facebook
Grand Texas Theme Park, rendering
The new park will be a celebration of Lone Star culture . . . with quaint Main Street areas and roller coasters. Grand Texas Theme Park/Facebook
trip to New Caney theme park October 2013
Residents of the Northcrest subdivision, located next to the upcoming park, are torn between excitement and concern. Photo by Joel Luks
Grand Texas Theme Park RUN FLAT
Grand Texas theme park horse mascot HORIZONTAL
Grand Texas Theme Park, rendering
trip to New Caney theme park October 2013
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