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New Theme Park Construction Begins

AstroWorld times six: Construction on new Houston theme park begins — and its size is already expanding

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Grand Texas Theme Park coming soon with rollercoaster
Grand Texas Theme Park is slated to open in New Caney in the spring of 2015. GrandTX.com
Grand Texas Theme Park RUN FLAT
The renderings provided by Grand Texas may be a little blurry, but the excitement from local theme park enthusiasts is not. Vimeo.com
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How big will the new theme park grow? Vimeo.com
Grand Texas Theme Park, horse, mascot
Every theme park needs a mascot, right? Grand Texas Theme Park/Facebook
Grand Texas Theme Park, rendering
An early look at what the AstroWorld replacement could look like. Grand Texas Theme Park/Facebook
Grand Texas Theme Park coming soon with rollercoaster
Grand Texas Theme Park RUN FLAT
Grand Texas Theme Park RUN FLAT
Grand Texas Theme Park, horse, mascot
Grand Texas Theme Park, rendering

One can almost hear the roar of a roller coaster on the New Caney property where Grand Texas Theme Park will soon sprawl . . . but don't get ahead of yourself — it's just the hum of bulldozers

Site work is already underway on the heavily-wooded land off of Highway 59 and FM 242, according to the Business Journal. After several years of looking for the right spot, investors finalized the purchase from IBC Bank as previously reported by CultureMap.

 "I'm the guy that's remembered as the one that tore down the Texas Cyclone. I'd like to leave a different legacy, actually." 

What exactly will take form over the next two years remains to be determined. Chuck Hendrix, a former AstroWorld general manager who will run Grand Texas under the banner of Innovation Leisure Partners, told the HBJ that the park's amenities — which already include a water park, several hotels and a petting zoo — are "expanding daily."

"I'm the guy that's remembered as the one that tore down the Texas Cyclone," Hendrix said in an interview with KPRC. "I'd like to leave a different legacy, actually."  

Brae Burn Construction Company has been selected to work on the theme park's next phase, which will break ground this fall for an anticipated completion in the spring of 2015. Dallas-based GHA Architects, led by principal Bob Runyon, is the designer designer on the project. 

"We have enough acreage to keep us busy for a while," Hendrix said of the 640-acre plot — about six times the size of AstroWorld's footprint. Construction will take place in phases over the next 10 years. 

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