September 6, 2012

Six Flags New Orleans


Six Flags New Orleans has been closed since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. is owned by the City of New Orleans.

The park first opened under the name Jazzland in 2000. In March of 2002, Six Flags purchased the lease and continued to run it as Jazzland through 2002. In 2003, the park was renamed Six Flags New Orleans.

The last day the park operated was August 21, 2005. Weekday operations ended a couple weeks before due to the fact schools start early in August in that region and end mid-May. The park was scheduled to Open August 27 and August 28 as usual but once Katrina was forecast late on Friday to directly hit New Orleans, the weekend opening was canceled in order to prepare for the storm and begin evacuations.

So sad to see this park fall apart.  Share your thoughts in the comments below.


Eastern New Orleans was badly flooded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The park grounds are located on a low-lying section of Eastern New Orleans, with a 6-foot earthen flood berm running along the perimeter, creating an artificial basin. After the park's drainage pumps failed during the storm, the berm retained the combination of rainwater and sea water overflow from Lake Pontchartrain caused by Katrina's massive storm surge, submerging the entire park grounds in corrosive, brackish floodwater to a depth of 4–7 feet. The floodwater was not drained for over a month. Due to the damage received, the park is closed indefinitely with no plans to reopen.

Damage reports by Six Flags inspectors stated that the park buildings are 80% demolished, all of the flat rides (except for one which was being serviced off-site at the time of the storm) have been effectively destroyed by long term salt-water immersion, and both the wooden track and steel superstructure of the Mega Zeph have been damaged beyond likely hope of repair. The only large ride to escape relatively unscathed was the Batman: The Ride roller-coaster, due to its elevated station platform and corrosion-resistant support structure.

Six Flags New Orleans has been abandoned since 2005.

Source: Wikipedia.  Continue to Wikipedia to read more.

September 2102: Apparently plans are moving forward to build an outlet mall on the site.
Read the article: Idea for outlet mall at old Six Flags location continues to be developed.


Google Earth Images (September 2012):
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1998

2005 Pre Katrina

2005 Post Katrina

2006

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2005 Pre Katrina

2005 Post Katrina

2011


Here are some of the best photos you can find online:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/28918113@N07/4883601874/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/willcrusta/4852025396/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/darrellrhodesmiller/6904703505/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdame/5577643628/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52193570@N04/5541527795/sizes/l/

http://sfno.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdame/5577653478/sizes/l/

 rvt2.net

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uelaphantom/5403954634/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelledwright/5594205143/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uelaphantom/5409357247/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnvoncurd/5400006426/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uelaphantom/5394516957/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelledwright/5594311734/sizes/l/



Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Tour



Links

Google Image Search

Photographic Images form Several Visits

Six Flags, silenced by Katrina, creates uproar in New Orleans,  USA Today.  May 2009.

Photos of the flooded park taken by Walter Bowser.

Illegal Tour of Six Flags New Orleans.

Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans site comes alive for 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' shoot

The Surreal Remains of Six Flags New Orleans - Time Photos.

Uber Creepy Tour: Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans

So sad to see this park fall apart.  Share your thoughts in the comments below.


In The News

Movies Filmed at the Abandoned Park



8 comments:

  1. Keron:Where do You Get all Your Amusement parks?
    Me:Six Flags New Orleans!
    Keron:Where Do you get all Your Amusement parks?
    Me:Six Flags New Orleans!
    Keron:Where do You Get all Your Amusement parks?
    Me:Six Flags New Orleans....

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  2. So Sad to See this Park Not Operateing I hope The Jester Can Be Refurbished so I can stay

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  3. Here is an article about a coaster being moved from Six Flags Over Texas. It mentions the Batman ride in New Orleans being moved and renamed.

    http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Flashback-will-live-on-171442701.html

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  4. Lemme See if I can Make the Six Flags Guy Sign That fell Near the Ocean on roblox It will Be in http://www.roblox.com/Six-flags-New-orleans-Makeing-Rides-and-New-Map-place?id=65515494

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  5. NEW ORLEANS — An executive with the company that owns the Riverwalk Marketplace says it won't join city-selected developers to turn the former Six Flags theme park into an upscale outlet mall.

    The rejection came when David Garcia, who represents the business chosen to develop the Six Flags site, publicly called on Riverwalk owner Howard Hughes Corp. to work with his group to save the plan.

    Garcia then told New Orleans' Industrial Development Board on Tuesday that the market cannot support both proposals.

    Howard Hughes Corp. owns the Riverwalk and is turning it into an outlet mall.

    Hughes Corp. senior vice president Mark Bulmash says 55 percent of the Riverwalk property planned for the outlet mall is leased to retailers and another 25 percent is awaiting signatures.

    Garcia, at the IDB meeting, publicly called on Howard Hughes Corp. to work with his group on a deal to save the Six Flags outlet mall project. He acknowledged, however, that Hughes is under no obligation to do so.

    Garcia said his team was surprised to learn last summer that Howard Hughes Corp. had already conducted advanced negotiations with tenants envisioned for Six Flags. Those tenants didn't bite at the idea of opening second stores for free rent, he said.

    "The key point is there are a number of leader tenants that everybody else follows," Garcia said after the meeting. "To (Howard Hughes Corp.) credit, they were ahead of us. They've been working on this behind the scenes well in advance of us getting started."

    Garcia, meanwhile, is waiting to see construction begin at Riverwalk until completely laying the Six Flags project to rest.

    Hughes still has not announced a new construction timeline after backing off its initial December forecast, but Bulmash said soon-to-be-finalized legal technicalities pertaining to ground leases are all that's standing in the way.

    http://www.theadvertiser.com/viewart/20130313/NEWS01/130313013/Six-Flags-New-Orleans-site-apparently-won-t-become-outlet-mall

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  6. The video associated with this article from WGNO has footage of the abandoned park.

    Walmart Coming to New Orleans East in 2014
    http://wgno.com/2013/04/29/walmart-coming-to-new-orleans-east-in-2014/

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  7. 8 years after Katrina, New Orleans on the rebound
    Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. "Closed for Storm" signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials leading one of the most extensive city-rebuilding projects in U.S. history.
    Article by: STACEY PLAISANCE , Associated Press

    http://m.startribune.com/?id=221569881

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