The Gulf Coast Is Getting Its First Amusement Park in Over a Decade
With brand new roller coasters and restaurants, the park hopes to attract visitors from across the southern U.S.
The Gulf Coast welcomed its first new amusement park on Friday since the Six Flags in Louisiana shuttered following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Park at OWA in Foley, Alabama includes more than 20 rides, along with restaurants and other amenities. Some of the main attractions include the “Rollin' Thunder” and “Crazy Mouse” roller coasters.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who are responsible for several casinos in the area, opened the park, the Associated Press reported.
“As a tribe, we have worked hard to ensure that our businesses bring revenue and jobs into the state and add to the quality of life in the rural communities where they are located,” Stephanie A. Bryan, the tribe’s chief executive, said last year when the park was first announced.
The mayor of Foley was optimistic that the amusement park would help bring tourist dollars to the region, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“That is sort of a no-brainer on the positivity of it,” Foley Mayor John Koniar told AL.com. "OWA is going to be very big for the whole area."
The creation of the park is expected to generate 3,500 jobs, according to a release from the Park at Owa.