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(edited to say this is no reflection on you posting above...just the all talk and no action of the park haha! :) )

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I'm actually 100% for this idea.

I don't care about themes, don't care about location, having to not have to drive all the way to San Antonio to get on a coaster gIves this project two thumbs up in my book.

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In addition to a factory outlet mall, Grand Texas will feature a 150-acre theme park, 40-acre water park, 83-acre Sportsplex, 30-acre Speedsportz Racing Park, RV park with 144 lots, four hotels and 450,000 square feet of retail and dining in a “Downtown Texas” area once completed.

Phase 1 of the Big Rivers Waterpark will span 28 acres and feature the largest wave pool in Houston with programmable waves, a long lazy river, multiple children’s slides and attractions, splash pad areas and extreme slides for thrill-seekers, Galland said.

“Phase 1 will make it the second-largest water park in Houston, and we will be basically one slide short of the largest,” Galland said. “We feel we’ll have a superior wave pool and lazy river. Phase 2 will be completed over the three years following that and will make it the largest and the best.”

The first phase of the theme park will span 71 acres and will offer one wooden roller coaster engineered by the same company that produced the Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, Galland said. The park will also feature a children’s coaster, a family coaster and two extreme thrill-seeker coasters. In addition, the first phase will include 20 other historic Texas-themed rides and an entertainment area with stagecoach and boat rides.

“We actually tried to negotiate the purchase of Greezed Lightnin’ [a roller coaster at the former Six Flags AstroWorld in Houston],” Galland said. “Unfortunately when we sent our engineers out there, the cost to rehabilitate Greezed Lightnin’ exceeded the budget we felt was reasonable for that type of ride. As it stands, all the rides will be new to the area.”

However, construction of the theme park is contingent upon the addition of a new Entergy electricity substation near Splendora, which is expected to break ground within the next few months and be complete in 2017, Galland said.

Additional sections

It is essential for the RV park to open first this fall because it allows the developers to run utilities across the tract to help provide infrastructure for other portions of the development, Galland said.

The Sportsplex will begin scheduling games for sports, such as baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, 7-on-7 football and rugby, at its indoor facilities and outdoor fields later this year.

By late 2018 through mid-2019, Galland said he anticipates all sections of the park will be open and operating in their initial phases. Grand Texas, which could bring in hundreds of millions in sales tax revenue each year for the area, is designed with extra acreage to adapt and expand for future build-out over the next 20 years, he said.

“The site at the current size right now is larger than Disney California Adventure Park,” Galland said.

More than 10,000 new part-time and full-time jobs will be created through Grand Texas, including all ancillary employment, Galland said.

http://communityimpact.com/2015/08/26/grand-texas-developer-reveals-updated-theme-park-plans-new-project-timeline-2/

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Can't they just buy a new Greezed Lightnin', one of my dreams has to come true  :( also.... Why an RV park? Whats the point of that, is there a significant number of fathers following Robin Williams' footsteps in taking his dysfunctional family on an RV trip? 

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I'm sorry but this thing just sounds crazy. It gets more convoluted each time a new press release about a new extended time table comes out. Frankly this new time table makes very little sense and really an RV park first. Like I said when it was first announced I just

don't see this coming together.

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Can't they just buy a new Greezed Lightnin', one of my dreams has to come true  :( also.... Why an RV park? Whats the point of that, is there a significant number of fathers following Robin Williams' footsteps in taking his dysfunctional family on an RV trip? 

Probably cause they don't have the money or financing they had hoped for but they want to do something with the land. This project seems like a big pie in the sky to me. How many years have they been talking about it?

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Probably cause they don't have the money or financing they had hoped for but they want to do something with the land. This project seems like a big pie in the sky to me. How many years have they been talking about it?

 

This one blends in mentally with the whole Captain Planet/Dinosaur park thing that was supposed to be up in the same area, so it feels like somebody has been trying to do something for a decade now. 

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So the WS&D is underway? That's the most important part of the project (besides, you know, the rides) so that's good sign.

That means the developer either worked out a deal with whatever city to pay for the necessary infrastructure in exchange for tax breaks or reimbursement, or the city put forth the up front cost which means they have faith in the potential of this project.

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Grand Texas Venue Eyes Opening Date

 

[quote]The first venue at the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District — a highly anticipated but long-delayed mixed-use development northeast of Houston — plans to open this spring.

 

Speedsportz Racing Park is expected to fully open to the public by May after its soft opening in April, President and co-owner Alan Rudolph told Community Impact. The complex will include a European-style rental kart facility and rental track, a performance track and a performance pad, as well as the newly formedAlan Rudolph Racing Academy and a Karting Hall of Fame, Speedsportz said previously.

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If you jump on to Facebook, search for 'Lance Martin Grand Texas' and 'Jessica Marquez Grand Texas' -  Both pages are now providing much more frequent construction updates on the Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District.

Some updated info., per a smattering of comments on Jessica's page:

- The clubhouse for the RV Park is finally going vertical, and should take 6 weeks to be completed.  The on-site team for Grand Texas will end up using that clubhouse for their offices until the water park administration building is built.

- An updated layout of Big Rivers water park should be released later this month (March '16), along with the names and renderings of each of the attractions.

- SpeedsportZ Racing Park is hoping to open this summer.

-  The water park will open next spring:  should be breaking ground by this summer, and the anticipated construction timeline is 10 months.  Delivery of the attractions slide pieces/materials is scheduled this year - all the pieces are apparently fabricated.

-  The water park will have about 25 slides, including kids' slides.

-  Another gated endeavor, called 'Gator Bayou,' will feature fishing and other outdoor activities - details on that may be released later this month, when those for the water park are released.

- Construction on the sports fields portion will begin this year, and also open next year.

-  Grand Texas theme park construction will start right after the water park is in operation, w/ an 18-24 month expected timeframe.

- The theme park expects to have a large Halloween event, which will be "one of (their) largest" events.

- The Outlet mall is to be a separate entity than Downtown Texas, and is not replacing it - so there are two separate shopping/entertainment components aside from the gated parks.

- The Outlets will open before Downtown Texas, but will be connected to DT.

-  A stoplight will be added to 242, w/ a pedestrian crosswalk for now, for individuals wanting to walk between the main District and SpeedsportZ Racing Park.  A shuttle might also be utilized to move people around.

 

 

 

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A few updates:


The first Grand Texas e-newsletter - "Straight from the Horse's Mouth" - has been released, as of yesterday afternoon.

Sign up on the list here:  http://grandtx.com/newsletter-signup/

Available for viewing directly, here:  http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b4b4866ed34ad696dbf808f00&id=cca5fd9c45&e=e1502b2884

 

...and a relatively recent article, which many of you have likely already seen:

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/magnolia/news/grand-texas-withstands-flooding-construction-progresses/article_319e0f90-2aab-11e6-a6e7-ebdd11819ab1.html

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damnit! i took a vow to not read this thread again until a real AMUSEMENT park has been built if not opened...see ya in 2024!!!!

 

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“People are seeing the clearing, they’re seeing the construction,” he said. “One response is, ‘We’ll believe it when we see it.’ That’s fine. Just let us get stuff done.”   exactly haha ;) and dang it, i looked at this thread again!!!! doh!

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http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/08/18/rv-park-at-long-delayed-grand-texas-now-open.html

 

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The first facility at the future Grand Texas Sports and Entertainment District in New Caney is finally open.


Grand Texas RV Resort hosted its first guests last weekend, roughly a year after construction began on that portion of the development, according to Grand Texas' official newsletter. A grand opening for the RV Resort will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

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"Grand Texas Theme Park in New Caney has announced that it will start construction on its Big Rivers Waterpark in August, with an estimated opening of summer 2018.  Construction on the main Grand Texas theme part is expected to begin after the water park is already in operation."

 

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/east-montgomery/news/article/New-Houston-water-park-construction-Grand-Texas-11280769.php?utm_content=buffer5d5da&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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FWIW,

 

The revised website for Grand Texas is up, but with little additional detail:

 

http://grandtx.com/

 

Also, the mascot for Big Rivers Water Park and Gator Bayou Adventure Park has been revealed:

 

 

 

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There has been talk about this project since 07/2009, is there anything actually there? It seems like a pie in the sky to me that continues to yank people's chain about every 6 months with some pronouncement that never actually happens.

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11 hours ago, hindesky said:

There has been talk about this project since 07/2009, is there anything actually there? It seems like a pie in the sky to me that continues to yank people's chain about every 6 months with some pronouncement that never actually happens.

 

They built the kart track, though it doesn't strike me as something that's going to be accessible to a broad variety of people that a theme park has to accommodate to be successful (specialty racing karts, $25 for 10 minutes if you rent).  Seems like a niche product that I would enjoy personally, but it could be built anywhere in greater Houston with cheap land, and its proximity to a theme park would be detrimental to my experience.

 

http://speedsportzracingpark.com/

 

A public groundbreaking ceremony for a waterpark in New Caney in the middle of December doesn't come across as advertising for future customers. Perhaps I'm being too cynical here, but it does read like another small drip of "progress" to entice more investors to actually get the thing to happen at all. There's a water park out in Katy, so these things do happen, but there are a ton of different things that have been floated in relation to this broader project for a long time, so its reasonable to be skeptical.

 

 

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There isn't much of anything on the north side of 242 just yet...  apparently a functional water station not visible from the highway, and some recent, Civil-related activity on-grade has been spotted.    

 

Grand Texas really executed it's original series of press releases/conferences in Nov. of 2013.  I recall there being some talk about their original Tomball location much earlier than that.


PR/press remains inconsistent on any of the amusement venues in the region...  

-  Adventure Pointe in Texas City all but stopped posting construction updates on their Facebook page.  What's vertical onsite appears much less riveting than the original Downtown Disney-style entertainment district advertised.

-  Downtown Aquarium's expansion across Preston never developed further.

-  And the number of timeline updates for Grand Texas has definitely been frustrating.

Right enough:  Who really knows what will come about from this Groundbreaking?...  The Virtual Builders' Exchange website posted this article back in early Oct., and a subcontractor commented on the Grand Texas "News and Rumors" Facebook page that he'd seen the construction documents around this time - 
https://www.virtualbx.com/construction-preview/25035-contractors-line-up-to-build-grand-texas-waterpark.html

 

For what it's worth, I contacted Virtual BX back in Oct. regarding the $10,000,000 construction cost noted in their article.  The gentleman who responded didn't really know where that number came from (I understand Typhoon Texas construction cost was around $45,000,000?)...  Hopefully that $10 million number is way off, or not inclusive of the whole water park scope.


We'll see... 

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This project strikes me as being done on the cuff. Sort of a go fund me kind of nickel and dime stop and go debacle.

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A few more aerial/drone updates from 1/19/18...

 

For Big Rivers Water Park:

 



And for the broader project site:

 

 


 

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1 hour ago, txtiger said:

A few more aerial/drone updates from 1/19/18...

 

For Big Rivers Water Park:

 



And for the broader project site:

 

 

Truckers and Waterslides
 

 

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A broader view of the whole site:

 

The foundation for the forthcoming Best Western Premier, next to the existing Flying J, is now visible (around 5:25 mark) - 
 

 

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"Big Al's Farm Friends".
"Big Al's Fishing Hole".
Have none of the developers heard of "South Park"?

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47 minutes ago, AnTonY said:

Way too far away from Houston. What a big miss on the development.

I agree. This is a big nothing-burger. It's remote and too close in proximity to Splashtown. The only way this will be a big success is years down the road when suburbia moves out that way and or they eventually open up the long advertised amusement park. 

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The Development's website has been updated w/ Annual Pass and Single Ticket info., as well as the operating calendar for 2018 (including Halloween and Winter Holidays events), as well as a Park Map, etc.    http://bigriverswaterpark.com/tickets-and-passes/

 

Seems to be received decently on other Social Media, thus far.

I'm moving house this summer and will be operating out of my mom's place up in The Woodlands for the bulk of June and July, so I purchased passes.  Based on my order's numbers, looks like 129 others were sold within 30 minutes of the announcements on Facebook, ahead of my own few...

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You're building a brand new, "premium" RV park.  You've got hundreds of acres of land in a pine forest.  So, naturally, of course, you . . . clear cut and bulldoze the site.  Not a piece of shade to be had.  There weren't five or six pines on the site that wouldn't be in the way of your concrete pour or utilities trenching??  Crank up the rooftop a/c on your Jayco, brother, because you're going to need it come July. . .

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