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Source: WWLTV.com


Nickelodeon to open park at old Six Flags site

11:53 AM CDT on Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Michael Luke / Eyewitness News


NEW ORLEANS – One of the more enduring symbols of Hurricane Katrina's destruction could be going away as Nickelodeon officials have confirmed they will be opening a theme and water park at the old Six Flags site in New Orleans East.


Officials from the company are in New Orleans meeting with city officials from the Mayor's Office to finalize plans to open a theme park on the site of the old, storm-damaged theme park that has not reopened since Hurricane Katrina and has been symbol of the slow or stalled recovery efforts in the city.


Officials said construction would begin this fall on "Nickelodeon Universe" and the park is expected to open by the end of 2010.


The city has been engaged in a legal battle with the park's parent company, Six Flags Inc.


The deal between Nickelodeon and the Mayor's Office could conflict with other plans for the shuttered park, as it comes after Congressman Ahn "Joseph" Cao, a delegation of state lawmakers and City Council Vice President Arnie Fielkow met officials from Big League Dreams. The company was looking to convert the site into a recreational sports complex.


Officials from Six Flags Inc. said they wouldn't reopen the park after it was flooded and damaged during Katrina.


Also, Baton Rouge-based Southern Star Amusement, the company that had previously applied for a $100 million in GO Zone bonds to fix up and reopen the park, will be a partner in the new deal.

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