Real Estate Developer Proposes New Theme Park For Nashville
Nashville has been without an amusement park since the closing of Opryland back in 1997. That could change with the latest proposal from a Nashville real estate developer.
Storyville Gardens, the idea of real estate developers Elde and DeLisa Guerrier, is a immersive story driven theme park designed to be a form of “edu-tainment”. The idea was conceived as a way of enticing kids to read beyond the confines of a classroom.
The project consists of a complex that includes the centerpiece theme park, hotels, retail, dining, and entertainment. The project’s website describes the park as:
Storyville Gardens is far more than a theme park. With the intent to challenge the literacy statistics, Storyville is designed to ignite the desire to read beyond what is required in a classroom from toddlers to teens and adults alike. It is an imagination-driven, interactive entertainment destination where stories engage and connect visitors with a sense of adventure, fantasy and fun to the experiences of the park, the Storybook Retail, Dining; and Entertainment
Village, and three extraordinary hotels with themes ranging from the majestic and enchanting to discovery and adventure. Storyville Gardens will be a majestic place that enriches the life of an entire community through all forms of story telling.
The park is being created through collaboration with Storyland Studios, a design firm that has worked with Legoland and Universal Studios Orlando.
The site of the park is expected to be 100+ acres, according to Nashville Business Journal with roller coasters and other rides. The park will also include retail, dining and entertainment, plus three hotels with themes ranging from the majestic and enchanting to discovery and adventure.
As of now the group is running an investor drive on their website. Potential investors are able to invest in the project with contributions of $100,000, $250,000, $500,000, $1 million, and $2.5 million+.
An exact location has not been announced. The development team leading the project – Guerrier Development says they will select a site somewhere in Greater Nashville by the end of the year.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022, with preview tickets going on sale in September of 2021.
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