On track: Plans are reported to be chugging along for a proposed theme park on 35 acres near Tanger Outlets in Texas City. Meanwhile, there have been some changes and new developments since this column in July buzzed about the park planned for the south side of the outlet mall, which is at 5884 Interstate 45.
First, Dr. Harvey E. Slusky, the development’s mastermind, has changed the park’s name to Adventure Pointe. In March, when Slusky announced the plans, he called it Playland. Slusky’s family has long been involved in theme parks. His father, Louis Slusky, operated two separate Playlands — one in Houston and another in Galveston in the late 1940s. Some of his other relatives operated theme parks around the nation.
As previously reported, the venue will include vintage trains, an “iceless” skating rink, zip lines, go-carts and a 60-room hotel owned and operated by an established chain and not the park, a spokeswoman said.
The park will be a place for families to enjoy day and night. It will include a soda fountain, old-time candy store and other retail outlets.
The ice-skating rink will be in a “Roundhouse” that can be used for special events. Multiple train lines will run all the way around the park.
The entertainment core will include an amphitheater and two-sided stage, and there’ll be line dancing, two-stepping and concerts, according to representatives for the development.
Adventure Pointe will have several main areas, including The Great Outdoors and Pirate Village. Pirate Village will feature Jean Lafitte’s Fleet Boat Ride, interactive games and more. The Great Outdoors will include a series of interconnected zip lines for racing or two-people riding, a raft ride and possibly a carousel with themed animals.
Slusky’s group has the first right of refusal on additional land adjacent to the proposed park and is working on partnerships and securing investments for a possible second phase of the park. A spokeswoman for the theme park said to expect more announcements about rides in coming weeks. There’s no exact ground breaking date, but construction is expected to begin early next year with an opening in 2015. Stay tuned.
Mooyah mystery: Some readers are hungry for answers about the unceremonious closure of Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes, 300 W. Bay Area Blvd. in the Clear Lake area. Representatives for the chain did not return phone calls Monday. BurgerBusiness included Mooyah in its list of “11 Burger Chains to Watch in 2011.” The Plano-based company, launched in 2007, has about 50 restaurants. Want to talk about it? Visit Buzz Blog, galvnews.com.
Get glowing: Feeling the need for some glow these winter days? Custom airbrush tanning boutique Glow Galveston this month marked its first year of business at 2313 Strand in the island’s downtown. Laura Goalen owns the boutique, which offers a sunless tan using an exclusive high-end product, which isn’t mass produced. Unlike some competitors, Goalen doesn’t offer tanning beds, which can be harsh on the skin, she said.
Chelsea Manchac is the boutique’s aesthetician. Manchac offers such services as extreme lash extensions, chemical peels, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. For information, call 409-750-3792.
Coming Thursday: Meanwhile, read more in Thursday’s Biz Buzz about big noodle news and other restaurant and retail reports for Webster.