New Orleans picks developer for empty amusement park site

October 16, 2021 - 01:35 PM

NEW ORLEANS (BAMM Network) — New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said a group called Bayou Phoenix is the city’s choice to develop the former Six Flags park for other purposes.

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, the roller coaster and concession buildings of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park are seen in New Orleans. New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park in the eastern part of the city that has been vacant since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, the roller coaster and concession buildings of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park are seen in New Orleans. New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park in the eastern part of the city that has been vacant since 2005's Hurricane Katrina.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The site just off Interstate 10 has been an eyesore and an irritant to local residents for years after it never reopened after the hurricane. The roller coaster and other rides have sometimes served as a backdrop for movies. But, nearby residents say the site has become home to wildlife such as alligators, and people frequently break into the lot despite security outside.

“It has become a daily reminder, on so many different levels, not only of the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Katrina, but also really a testament of our city’s inability to capitalize on our strengths,” Cantrell said Monday, according to The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate. “It’s also made our people in New Orleans East feel like they were left out of the recovery, and not a priority. But no longer, no doubt about it.”

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Cover Photo: FILE - This June 19, 2019, file photo shows the gates of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. TNew Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park in the eastern part of the city that has been vacant since 2005's Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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