Abandoned Six Flags to be replaced with new amusement park complex

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Zachary Schultz, Breaking News Editor

The City of New Orleans awarded Bayou Phoenix with the city contract to build on the remains of Six Flags New Orleans. The amusement park closed to the public in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. 

On Oct. 11, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the project during a press conference on economic development in New Orleans. In a statement posted to her social media accounts, Cantrell said that the Six Flags location “had become a daily reminder, not only of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina but also as a testament to our city’s inability to capitalize on our strengths and move beyond our historical challenges.” 

Bayou Phoenix’s plans for the former amusement park include creating a water and amusement park, along with a hotel and STEM center. Cantrell called the announcement “a huge win for the city.” The new project is hoped to revitalize New Orleans East, where the site is located.