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Design Your Own Theme Park for Houston

Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005. A couple weeks back (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester […]

Texas Cyclone at 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2005, AstroWorld's last day of operation. (Image: Johny Chen/Wikipedia Commons)Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005.

A couple weeks back (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shared his desire for a permanent amusement park site inside the city, something he hopes will happen before his time in office is up.

Since he mentioned it, we thought we’d turn to you and ask you to design your perfect Houston theme park. We also talk with Sasha Bailyn, editor-in-chief of Entertainment Designer, an online pub dedicated to theme park and public space design, and John Nova Lomax, senior editor at Texas Monthly, who wrote last week about why Houston needs another AstroWorld.

(Above: Texas Cyclone at 4:30 p.m. on October 30, 2005, AstroWorld’s last day of operation. (Image: Johny Chen/Wikipedia Commons)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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