Meet Lasso, your mascot for the new Grand Texas Theme Park! The armed-and-friendly blond stud has been revealed as the long face of the Texas-themed theme park’s second-go-around in Texas. Back in July 2009, developer Monty Galland announced that he had a spot in Tomball for the park’s first phase to open by April 2010. Well, that was then. Now, Galland’s back — with Lasso in tow — and presenting a revised proposal to Montgomery Country leaders, reports the Tomball Potpourri: The developer’s eyeing property near New Caney, where Grand Texas might better hitch its wagon to dinosaur-friendly EarthQuest.
The Potpourri reports that that Galland is pursuing a parcel of land this time near the intersection of FM 242 and U.S. 59 — between New Caney and Splendora. The property is expected to be closed on by the end of April, with construction beginning next winter in advance of an opening date of March 12, 2015.
Nothing has been signed, sealed, or delivered, of course. But the new theme park is expected to be just one part of a Grand Texas entertainment district, says Galland, which will include a separate water park, an 8,000-seat amphitheater, and a baseball diamond. That’s on top of the 4 restaurants, 3 hotels, reception hall and chapel planned as well.
And it doesn’t seem that Galland has completely abandoned the original Tomball plan to bring “Texas history and culture” to Texas: Stated plans for the New Caney park suggest that the entertainment district will include a petting zoo and interactive exhibits for guests to drive tractors, ride horses, plant crops, and milk cows.
- Grand Texas Theme park continues plans to move into East Montgomery County [The Potpourri]
- Grand Texas Theme Park [Facebook]
- An amusement park currently under development [Grand Texas]
- Previously on Swamplot: Grand Texas Theme Park in Tomball: Bringing Some of that Texas Frontier Spirit to Texas, Unraveling the New Caney $500 Million Dinosaur Theme Park Confidence Game
Images: Grand Texas Theme Park