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Six Flags New Orleans, abandoned

Whenever anyone mentions Six Flags New Orleans, with it comes a wave of unstoppable sadness. After originally opening in 2000 as Jazzland, the theme park unfortunately went bankrupt in just two seasons. It was then taken over by Six Flags in 2003 but in 2005 suffered irreparable damage when Hurricane Katrina struck.

Although many proposals have been put forward over the last fifteen years to potentially revitalize the area including a retail and entertainment complex, new theme park and an outlet mall, none of them have come to fruition. City Hall even announced in May 2019 that it may be time for the Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Theme Park to Finally be Torn Down.

Six Flags New Orleans
Image: Eric Jorgenson, Wikimedia Commons (license)

It has now been reported by The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate that on Monday December 14, 2020 it was announced by The City's Director of Economic Development, Jeff Schwartz that city officials are seeking a developer to revitalize this long abandoned site.

Developers have until February 9, 2021 to demonstrate their interest and then shortlisted developers will have to submit full plans for both the former Six Flags New Orleans 163-acre main site as well as the adjacent 65-acre site located to the northeast. City Hall are hoping that by the end of June 2021 a redevelopment plan will be finalised.

New Orleans, abandoned theme park
Image: Keoni 101, Wikimedia Commons (license)

In the light of COVID-19 and current unemployment among the Parish workforce Schwartz said, "We know we need this site to come back as a key publicly-owned asset as a way of driving the economy of the future".

This news is very positive for New Orleans. Let us know what you think this abandoned site should be developed for by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook Page.

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