A Look Inside Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans As Future Plans Develop
Back in 2005, one of the most devastating hurricanes in history touched down in New Orleans. One of the sites in its path of destruction was Six Flags New Orleans — which closed in August of 2005 in preparation for the storm and never re-opened after hurricane Katrina flooded the 250 acre theme park.
After the storm, Six Flags removed some of the salvageable roller coasters and attractions relocating them to other parks. But many of the rides and nearly all of the crumbled infrastructure still remains today.
After 15 years, WDSU News (legally) takes us inside the gates of Six Flags New Orleans as Mayor LaToya Cantrell explains future plans for the abandoned park — now owned by the city. The damages inside are far worse than one can imagine…
Buildings that once filled guests with feelings of fun and excitement are now covered in graffiti and dilapidated. Mayor Cantrell says she’s sees promise beyond this.
“I see a real gateway as an entry point to New Orleans through New Orleans East”. This is the best step forward for redevelopment of the east”. says Cantrell.
Cantrell isn’t the first mayor to try and redevelop the property. Previous administrations tried, with no success in finding a development partner.
But, Cantrell’s administration is taking a different approach making sure developers came to the table ready with the financing, ready with a vision, and ready with the capacity to get things done now.
WDSU reported that the city selection committee is moving fast. Back in March, members picked three proposals for further consideration. One of which came from newly retired Saints quarterback Drew Brees, along with current linebacker Demario Davis. A development partner could be selected by the city in the next 90 days.
“We’re excited because they’re viable and real — this isn’t pie in the sky, they have what it takes to turn this into a real investment for our city and our people,” said Cantrell.
The city currently owns the land and is paying for 24/7 security, which costs more than $10,000 a month. The only revenue from the property has been from approximately 25 films and TV shows who have used the site for on-location shoots.
WDSU was the first local news crew allowed by the city into the park in nearly 15 years.
Stay tuned as we will have more updates on this property as things develop.