Throughout the entire Six Flags RFQ process, TPC-NOLA, Inc. has strived for transparency. With each City Hall iteration, we have posted our proposals publicly. This time has been no different. Unfortunately, City Hall has taken the opposite approach.
TPC-NOLA, Inc. believes the public deserves the opportunity to review all six proposals. The community has had to live with this property, that the City continues to neglect, in their backyards for over 15 years. YOU are the stakeholders, not downtown interests or City Hall employees.
A concise history of the shuttered Jazzland/Six Flags New Orleans theme park, which never reopened after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Archival footage and interviews with people who worked and/or played there.
Outdoor screening: Noon Monday, Nov. 9 on the Lafitte Greenway.
Virtual cinema: Available beginning 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8
New Orleans East residents, some in green shirts to show their support for bringing back the Jazzland amusement park, recently assembled at the newly constructed Franklin Avenue Baptist Church with hopeful expectation of hearing positive news regarding an assessment of the site which was once the location of one of New Orleans East’s main attractions — the 60-acre, former Six Flags / Jazzland amusement park.
Unfortunately, since the devastation of hurricane Katrina and the flooding that followed, the amusement park has been sitting untouched, for at least 14 years, with the exception of movie productions and vandalism.
I would like to point out a few things from the “Strategic Opportunities Assessment” report. The conclusion appears to be:
“Based on the market context, the study area conditions, and input from stakeholders, the redevelopment opportunity for Jazzland with the highest potential to promote the community goals is an “education destination” that merges the benefits of the higher education and tourism sectors. The destination will be centered on the story and science of resiliency and climate change, providing research, innovation, education, and exploration opportunities. These opportunities will further and promote our understanding of living with water and propel New Orleans to be a leader in the global water economy.”
The gist of it is to me, is that they feel the target market/potential patrons/visitors would be ecotourists and visiting scholars doing research on the effects of climate change and water management. It doesn’t sound like there is a need yet for the facility they propose.
Playland NOLA offers another view of what the former amusement park could be
Fourteen years after Hurricane Katrina, one of its most visible casualties, the 227-acre amusement park which has previously operated as both Jazzland and Six Flags theme parks, still sits abandoned. Residents are wondering, “Why hasn’t the site been redeveloped?”
In 2000 the park opened as Jazzland Theme Park, but by 2002, the debt was too great and they filed for bankruptcy. Six Flags then obtained possession of the site from the bankruptcy court. Six Flags had their own financial problems and eventually also filed for bankruptcy in 2009 which enabled them to cancel their lease with the City. The theme park did not reopen after Hurricane Katrina and the Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans (IDB) eventually took control of the site. During the 14 years that the park has sat idle, there were failed proposals to build a Nickelodeon theme park in 2009, an outlet mall in 2013, and numerous other plans to rebuild another amusement park — plans that the IDB has shown little interest in, due to lack of proof of funding and developers’ wherewithal.Continue reading “The Future of Six Flags”→