(Orange, Texas)

July 10, 2013

Backers plan Wild West, water parks near Houston

Associated Press

NEW CANEY, Texas — Private investors have bought about 600 acres of woodlands in the Houston area for proposed amusement parks with Wild West and water themes.

Construction for the Grand Texas Theme Park and the Big Rivers Water Park near New Caney is scheduled to start later this year.

Developers on Monday announced the purchase but declined to reveal the price. The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday that developer Monty Galland previously estimated the total project cost could reach $220 million.

The famed AstroWorld amusement park in Houston shut down in 2005 after 37 years in operation.

The Grand Texas-Big Rivers site about 30 miles northeast of Houston will be managed by Innovative Leisure Partners. Founder and CEO Chuck Hendrix is a former Six Flags executive who was running AstroWorld when it closed.