Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s new “not fully hashed out” plan for reusing the Astrodome is to turn the structure into the world’s largest indoor public park and recreation area. The park might incorporate a number of public institutions and museums within it. Plus: a pavilion for music and other events, and sports facilities such as archery ranges and hiking and biking trails, an archery center, and a large open green space. The fully air-conditioned park would be open to the public every day — except when used by the Rodeo and conferences such as the OTC.
Will Harris County citizens support turning the Astrodome into a park? Strangely, the best evidence that a majority would favor it may come from a recent survey commissioned by 2 organizations that have been trying very hard to get the building torn down.
Craftily labeling a recent demolition proposal an “Astrodome reuse plan,” a survey released last week found 55 percent of Harris County residents would favor a plan described as “a proposal for a private/public financed reuse of the NRG Astrodome site that would be similar to Discovery Green in downtown Houston,” and that would include a visitor’s center and museum complex and a central green space. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans, which commissioned the web-based survey, chose that description for their own plan to demolish the dome.
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