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I don't know how long this has been in the works, CityKid stumbled across this. The official name for the theme park is 'Grand Texas'.

The developers of Grand Texas, a western theme park set to open in south Tomball in the Spring (2010), are hopeful their project will accomplish many goals: family friendliness, community gathering, education and fun.

The wooded property, located on 100 acres on Holderrieth near its intersection with FM 2978, is just inside city limits. The Potpourri, in a previous story, stated the property was just outside city limits.

The land is currently in the engineering phase, then must be closed on before it can go through rezoning. It is currently zoned for SF-6, which would open it up for development of approximately 600 homes. Before changes can be made to the zoning ordinance to reflect a theme park, there must be two public hearings and two recorded votes, which are not yet scheduled.

Monty Galland, one of the developers of the property, said he hopes Grand Texas will be a place for families and kids of all ages to to experience the grandeur of the old west and Texas in the 1800s. He and his wife moved to the area from California five years ago, when they fell in love with Texas, its people, and the lifestyle.

“Here, there’s an enjoyment in the simple pleasures, and that’s really what (Grand Texas) is about,” he said.

Grand Texas is supposed to consist of several areas, including Boomtown, an indoor entertainment center with rock climbing, a mechanical bull, a giant arcade and other activities; Flint Ranch, an agriculture based play area with pony rides, petting zoos, pig races, hay pavilions, peewee rodeo and exhibits on farming and ranching; and Gunslingers, a state of the art, family friendly paintball facility with four themed fields made out of movie sets and one competition, airball field as well as target ranges. Galland is hopeful these areas, which will incorporate rail and oil history as well, will open in April 2010.

According to the website, Grand Texas also is to boast Wild Texas Frontier, an island filled with activities for all ages, including high ropes courses that traverse a river, canoeing, catch & release fishing, and a giant maze; and The Mansion, a reception hall reminiscent of the Texas State Governors Mansion, which can be used for a wedding reception of up to 400 guests or more intimate business functions. Galland hopes these parts of the park will open within a year of the park’s projected opening in Spring 2010.

There is to be no admission fee into the park, though some activities will have ticket charges.

Galland said he wants one of the park’s major focuses to be on education and field trips for children, especially at Flint Ranch, where agriculture exhibits will take children from “the egg to the chicken.”

“I believe when you understand cycles of life, you have a better understanding of life in general,” he said.

He is hopeful the park will be involved in local FFA programs, perhaps providing opportunities for small animals to be housed.

So far, he and his wife say they have received positive comments on the project from their web site, www.grandtx.com. Comments have come from teachers, thrilled at the possibilities of future field trips.

Some residents, he said, have expressed concern about traffic and noise, but he believes those will not be issues. He said there is to be approximately 120 feet of forest space surrounding the park, and he would like to maintain as much forest and green space within the park as possible, to be “green” and also keep the old Texas atmosphere.

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"No admission fee for the park"? That sounds bad already. I remember when the Houston Zoo was free, and the kind of people that attracted. If something is good, it's worth charging for. Helps keep the crazies out, too (to an extent...).

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"No admission fee for the park"? That sounds bad already. I remember when the Houston Zoo was free, and the kind of people that attracted. If something is good, it's worth charging for. Helps keep the crazies out, too (to an extent...).

Hmmm...they're pretty far away from inner city poverty up there, surrounded by suburbs, there won't be any public transportation to access it, and it will be private property. Consider the kind of people that are attracted to a suburban mall like Willowbrook Mall, Baybrook Mall, or The Woodlands Mall, then consider that they're probably going to be marketing pretty intensively to middle-aged white fuddy-duddies with small children whose life experiences are insufficient for them to realize how lame the place is.

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I think you missed a critical caveat.

There is to be no admission fee into the park, though some activities will have ticket charges.

Their description seems like they want to be several of those entertainment complexes all in one. You KNOW there will be charges.

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I think you missed a critical caveat.

There is to be no admission fee into the park, though some activities will have ticket charges.

Their description seems like they want to be several of those entertainment complexes all in one. You KNOW there will be charges.

i think they mean that your free to roam around the theme park, but most, if not all, activities will require charges....

Great, just what we need, a park designed for people who want to see the biggest Texas stereotype of all...

Though, if this does end up being a tourist attraction, it will be good for the tourists who come to the

Houston Metro and want the traditional Texas stereotype.

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I don't know how long this has been in the works, CityKid stumbled across this. The official name for the theme park is 'Grand Texas'.

Tomball Popturri

Thanks for giving me credit UpuPUp! And thanks for finding more info!

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It'll have rope courses and zip lines that'll go through the woods and catch and release fishing, a giant maze, and obstacle courses. Complete with a Texas theme, Galland says they'll break ground in the fall and open next April.

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Zip lines, ropes courses. Sounds good to me. There are a ton of families with young kids looking for things to do. I welcome more entertainment options.

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Listed under their "Participation" section is a subsection for "Investors." Sure seems like a lof of cheerleading and convincing is needed for such a unique development. It would be cool if it gets built and is actually successful, but this makes me skeptical.

To expedite the development of Grand Texas, for a limited time, a unique and exciting investment structure has been developed. To get the funding for Grand Texas as rapidly as possible, Grand Texas has developed an incredible structure that provides investors an annual 12% return, paid in cash, quarterly. Investors participate in GTProp, LP, the limited partnership that owns the Grand Texas site.

From an investment standpoint, GTProp is an incredible opportunity to earn a consistent cash return of 12% per year, paid quarterly for a period of at least 3 years. GTProp owns the Grand Texas site. Grand Texas is being developed in a manner that assures rent payments and high returns. The entire investment of between $5 million and $6 million is secured by a development that when complete will be valued at over $20 million dollars with $12 million in equity.

There is a minimum investment of $200,000 required (although fractional interests may be available allowing investments of as little as $50,000). This investment may be held in a self directed IRA, created from a 401(k), traditional or Roth IRA, SEP or other tax deferred account.

The investment is a hard asset that acts as a hedge against inflation. The investment is here, in the Houston area. You can watch the property develop and grow over time, unlike a paper investment in a hedge fund or derivative. The land alone has been valued as high as $7 million or more, and although we are purchasing the land for $2,350,000, the trust deed that was secured by the property prior to foreclosure was $5,300,000.

The investment is FUN, with initial investors in GTProp forever regarded as Founders of Grand Texas. Initial investors will be honored on the Founders Wall in Town Hall with a plaque of appreciation, receive free lifetime access for themselves and family (with some restrictions) to Wild Texas Frontier and Flint Ranch, and enjoy an annual barbecue at Grand Texas once a year, honoring the trailblazers that facilitated Grand Texas, and to commemorate its opening.

Grand Texas is going to be around for a long time and is going to be an important part of the northwest Houston area. Don’t regret not being a part of the biggest addition to the northwest Houston area since the railroad. Be a part of it!

http://www.grandtx.com/Earn_12__Annually_.html

Here's to them getting their investors. Cheers

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Interesting pitch, but the claim of arbitrage on the land is misleading.

The largely unreported local real estate bust, worse than any of the others, is the glut in the supply of vacant developed lots for single-family housing. Since the development of new subdivisions has cratered, demand for large tracts of suburban land has dried up almost completely. It'll be a long while before prices stabilize, and I'm not sure that we'll ever again see such a frenetic land market as would support the old valuations.

Their appeal to the investors' ego is a nice touch, though. They'll probably field a lot of inquiries because of that.

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Interesting pitch, but the claim of arbitrage on the land is misleading.

The largely unreported local real estate bust, worse than any of the others, is the glut in the supply of vacant developed lots for single-family housing.  Since the development of new subdivisions has cratered, demand for large tracts of suburban land has dried up almost completely.  It'll be a long while before prices stabilize, and I'm not sure that we'll ever again see such a frenetic land market as would support the old valuations.

Their appeal to the investors' ego is a nice touch, though.  They'll probably field a lot of inquiries because of that.

I'll believe it when I see it. For about 20 years there were rumors of Disney building a theme park around that same area. 

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I'll believe it when I see it. For about 20 years there were rumors of Disney building a theme park around that same area. 

I remember something like that on a smaller scale that had free admission and ticketed attractions.

It was called Fame City. . .

It will start off strong, and eventually. . . well, I hope it does better. We'll see I guess.

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I'll believe it when I see it. For about 20 years there were rumors of Disney building a theme park around that same area.

To be fair, this sounds like it's less than a tenth of the size of Disney World. For this to get built wouldn't be a total surprise to me. Not a very dramatic project in my opinion. Nice place but nothing to get too excited about.

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To be fair, this sounds like it's less than a tenth of the size of Disney World. For this to get built wouldn't be a total surprise to me. Not a very dramatic project in my opinion. Nice place but nothing to get too excited about.

Yeah, they used the term "theme park" to build a sense of false expectations. I mean paint ball, canoeing, etc sounds very cheap. No huge themed rides of anything. Especially when the construction starts this fall and opens a short 6 months later.

When I think of what a "theme park" is, EarthQuest is more like it, and as Matt said, a Disney/Six Flags setup. ^_^

This, not so much. <_<

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Some of you guys are total Debby Downers.

Do you guys have kids?

I think it is still great to have another entertainment option as you mentioned.

But maybe it was the way the local news promoting and teasing it to be a "theme park". Sound like more of a sports/entertainment complex.

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Some of you guys are total Debby Downers.

Do you guys have kids?

Trust me, when you(just an example) or somebody else takes their kid here w/o telling them what it really is, as puma mentioned,

their going to be the Debby Downers. Just imagine, "Let's go to the theme park kids!" , and then they find out there's no wooden roller coasters,

they are going to be disappointed.

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Trust me, when you(just an example) or somebody else takes their kid here w/o telling them what it really is, as puma mentioned,

their going to be the Debby Downers. Just imagine, "Let's go to the theme park kids!" , and then they find out there's no wooden roller coasters,

they are going to be disappointed.

I agree, I thought it would be more like a Sixflags. But this is an attraction, and its needed in the Houston area!

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A California real estate agent who relocated to The Woodlands 5 years ago has plans to build a “Texas”-themed theme park on a foreclosed and forested site in Tomball currently zoned as a subdivision. The 100-acre attraction, which developer and EZ Realty broker Monty Galland envisions as “a combination of an adventure park, museum, retail center and agricultural classroom,” will strive to encompass and celebrate “all that is Texas, Texas History and the Old West.”

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He plans to open the first phase of the park at 11598 Holderrieth Rd., between the railroad tracks and FM 2978, by next April. This would include an indoor entertainment center with rock climbing and a mechanical bull, a play area with pony rides and petting zoos, and a “family-friendly” paintball facility. Planned for the following year:

Wild Texas Frontier, an island filled with activities for all ages, including high ropes courses that traverse a river, canoeing, catch & release fishing, and a giant maze; and The Mansion, a reception hall reminiscent of the Texas State Governors Mansion, which can be used for a wedding reception of up to 400 guests or more intimate business functions.

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"Family friendly" paintball. It's mimicking combat as it is. What are they planing on throwing in, Teletubbie targets?

I can't imagine an 8 year old competing with an adult.

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I've done better hand renderings on soaked cocktail napkins! Somebody should get fired.

No comment on the master plan.

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I've done better hand renderings on soaked cocktail napkins! Somebody should get fired.

No comment on the master plan.

Lol. I was kinda suprised to see that the renderings were hand-drawn. Better than nothing though, I guess.

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Reminds me a little of the original Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California. It has grown to include everything imaginable. Actually, I saw this topic discussed on KVIA El Paso several weeks ago when the reporter interviewed the mayor of Tomball about it.

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We already have something like this in the area: The Oil Ranch, which I believe is in Waller or Hempstead. Is it still open? I haven't been since I was in junior high school in the early 90s.

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The site is inactive. Opening was planned this spring.

Thanks for the update.

Their website says this: Unfortunately, our Grand Opening will be delayed, but we can assure you, it will be worth the wait, so keep checking in!

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Thanks for the update.

Their website says this: Unfortunately, our Grand Opening will be delayed, but we can assure you, it will be worth the wait, so keep checking in!

So, what's the status on this development? Is it still moving forward?

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We already have something like this in the area: The Oil Ranch, which I believe is in Waller or Hempstead. Is it still open? I haven't been since I was in junior high school in the early 90s.

Yes, the Oil Ranch is still going -- we took all of our kids there at various times a few years back...

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We may need to move this thread to The “Woodlands and Northern Pines”

http://www.grandtexa...t_info.html#faq

"As part of the development process, Grand Texas has determined three different desired sites. Two are in Montgomery County, while the other is in Fort Bend County."

maybe we can keep it out of as many discussions of the woodlands as possible....oops, now i've done it again. i'd just as soon move it to "going up" or accidentally just move it to a sugarland thread. ;) heh heh......

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Maybe they can move it to New Caney and combine it with Earthquest.

Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs

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lame lame lame!!! i heard about this project but didn't know the details. it's as bad an idea as earthquest. blech!!!

Why are Grand Texas and EarthQuest bad ideas? Don't you think that Houston could use a big theme park or two? A lot of people in Houston are spending their theme park dollars in San Antonio and Arlington when they could be spending it right here in the Houston area. I hope both parks are built.

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Why are Grand Texas and EarthQuest bad ideas? Don't you think that Houston could use a big theme park or two? A lot of people in Houston are spending their theme park dollars in San Antonio and Arlington when they could be spending it right here in the Houston area. I hope both parks are built.

a real theme park, away from hundreds of homes in established neighborhoods, with a decent concept wouldn't bother me so much. focusing on "texas" themes? for god's sake. i grew up in texas and we are texas themed to death. the rodeo, rodeo/fairs, country music, cows, trains, oil........all old news and super boring. i dread the future promotion of such a place included in the woodlands marketing materials! ".......and nearby grand texas theme park". oh my. :(

put it in pearland or pasadena please.......or even galveston (love you galveston, but you're a tourist town). why tear down forested areas for a theme park when there are tens of thousands of empty, cheaper acres elsewhere.

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a real theme park, away from hundreds of homes in established neighborhoods, with a decent concept wouldn't bother me so much. focusing on "texas" themes? for god's sake. i grew up in texas and we are texas themed to death. the rodeo, rodeo/fairs, country music, cows, trains, oil........all old news and super boring. i dread the future promotion of such a place included in the woodlands marketing materials! ".......and nearby grand texas theme park". oh my. :(

put it in pearland or pasadena please.......or even galveston (love you galveston, but you're a tourist town). why tear down forested areas for a theme park when there are tens of thousands of empty, cheaper acres elsewhere.

If they are going to tear down forested areas anyway - to build housing developments, strip centers, car dealerships or warehouses (which North Houston has plenty of... then I would prefer a theme park in that spot. At least a theme park will allow the masses to use the forested area for recreation (assuming they don't completely clear cut it - which I too would be against). I personally don't have a problem with using Texas themes for Texas tourism. Some of the things, like that ranch area, could be interesting for people (like me) who never came anywhere near a farm or ranches.

Apparently, it is a monumental task building a theme park from scratch. At this point, I don't think the Houston area can afford to be too picky when it comes to large theme park - as we have NONE now. Successful theme parks usually evolve and expand to stay in business over the years. If Grand Texas starts out modest, there is always hope that it will grow into something great. Six Flags over Texas and Magic Mountain both started out very small and even a bit cheesy but evolved into great theme parks over the years. The key and the hard part is getting one started in the first place. Houston is losing a lot of revenue which could be staying right in our own metro if a theme park is built.

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It appears you can eliminate the Tomball location for the theme park. Following is an article in the Community Impact newspaper for a new business park.

http://impactnews.com/articles/business-park-to-capitalize-on-exxonmobil-campus-relocation/photos.html#2843

The parks original planned location was listed as 11598 Holderrieth Road. The planned business park is shown in the same location.

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This came out of nowhere wouldn't ya say?

 

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/humble/news/grand-texas-theme-park-continues-plans-to-move-into-east/article_502edc4a-9c53-51c3-9dc2-3eefa9ac345b.html?mode=story

 

 

Grand Texas Theme park continues plans to move into East Montgomery County
 
 
511e6a53a2d9b.preview-300.jpg Grand Texas Theme park continues plans to move into East Montgomery County
 
 
 

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 10:58 am

By JENNIFER SUMMER

New job creation, money back into the county and surrounding school districts and entertainment are just a few of the things the Grand Texas Theme Park will bring to the community.

The plans continue to progress for the educational theme park as developers work through agreements with the East Montgomery County Improvement District, Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Municipal Utilities District #4.

The Grand Texas Theme Park is slated to be located around FM 242 and Interstate 69 which means ad valorem tax will benefit both the New Caney and Splendora Independent School Districts.

Representatives discussed the park and how it will benefit the community at the EMCID board meeting Feb. 14.

“Grand Texas is the name for both the theme park and the entertainment district. This is a theme park based on Texas history and culture,” Monty Galland with the Grand Texas Theme Park said at the EMCID meeting.

“The park will feature the elements of a typical theme park with a couple of major roller coasters and carousel to name a few but it will also have elements that you will not typically find in a theme park like a museum, a focus on live entertainment like music and dance and an exploration of Texas history and culture.”

The projected closing date on the land is April 30, 2013 and between April and October 2013, they intend to have all of their pre-development, engineering and planning completed.

By mid-October, they plan to have site work and infrastructure begin and they are looking at an opening date of March 12, 2015.

The total capital cost of the water park, the theme park, the amphitheater and the paintball is $118 million.

The peripheral development such as the restaurants and such will add another $95 million.

The total development costs are $205 to $220 million.

Information about the Grand Texas Theme Park was first introduced at January board meeting as a compliment to the Earth Quest park.

They are continuing with the developers for Earth Quest Adventures theme park, Contour Entertainment, who presented updated information to the board at their December meeting.

EMCID required for Contour Entertainment to meet three requirements including hiring a qualified investment firm, purchase the land where EarthQuest is set to be situated and present an investment package proposal detailing fundraising and efforts leading them to meet their financial goal.

“A main goal of EMCID is to drive tourism to our area which will benefit all of the businesses in our community as well because families will travel to the area and go to the restaurants and stay at the hotels,” Frank McCrady, president of EMCID, added.

“The addition of a second theme park will give families a reason to stay a night or two at our hotels. We are excited about the possibilities of this coming to our community.”

Grand Texas Theme Park has budgeted to reinvest between $33 and $42 million over the first seven years back into East Montgomery County with a total economic impact of $334 million over time.

The organizers of the Grand Texas Theme Park hope to incorporate everything from ragtime music to zydeco music to Tex-Mex food; they will have a little bit of something for everyone.

The park will feature four dining establishments, a full-service hotel with 200-400 rooms, two limited service hotels with a combined 175-210 rooms and reception hall and chapel.

“We want to make sure all of the elements are successful and there is enough traffic to support the business so we are planning very conservatively,” Galland added.

“This will also bring a lot of new jobs into the community that could truly make a difference for a teenager who is looking for a job or a family who is looking for an additional job to help pay the bills or more savings. Also, this will benefits teachers since there will be a lot of educational elements at the park; they could work during the summer to teach about Texas history and culture.”

They are expecting first year attendance to be around 665,000 rising to 904,000 at the theme park and for the core elements to boast an attendance of 1.4 million growing to a little over 1.8 million.

The entertainment district will be anchored by four primary elements which are the theme park, Big Rivers Water Park, the Pine Grove amphitheater, which has an 8,000 person capacity and a baseball stadium.

They will also have the Gunslinger’s Paintball experience for guests to enjoy.

“With the theme park being the anchor, it is very important for us to have a great team. We have a very strong team including Chuck Hendrix, who oversees the planning and operations for the theme park. He has years of experience since he was previously responsible for operations at all of the North American Six Flags and former general manager for Six Flags’ Astroworld,” Galland said.

The rest of the team have all worked at various theme and water parks in the Houston area and retail areas like the Marketplace in the Woodlands and for the most part, live in the Houston area so that is one of the reasons they chose to open a theme park in the East Montgomery County community.

The Grand Texas Theme Park has partnered with Brae Burn Construction who have a $100 million bonding capability and they will help with construction once they officially sign on to the location of the park and they make their agreements with the three entities.

They also plan to have an agri-tainment arena where the guests can learn about different things like how to drive a tractor, where to plant crops, how to milk a cow and enjoy petting zoos and horseback riding.

“That is what this park is all about is having families interacting with each other and the animals. We want to incorporate the educational aspects of the theme park with fun. It is an exciting venture that we are excited to begin,” Galland said.

 

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This is the same one that was planned for Tomball but ten times better

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Montgomery County is going to be the theme park capital of Texas! We need to build a rail line from downtown that will be ready for these parks to open...in 2030...

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Someone explain this to me.  So a bunch of big-shots with more money than brains get together around a conference table and watch some huckster with a PowerPoint with a grand vision of (fill in the blank).  And then somebody writes an article about it.  And people talk about it for 5 minutes.  Is that what this is?

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