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Garden Grove Theme Park Update

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Deepa Bharath of the Orange County Register gives us an update on plans for a theme park south of the Disneyland Resort, in the City of Garden Grove, California.

The search for theme park investors and developers is continuing after city officials broke off a contract with a developer because they were not satisfied with his progress.

The City Council voted unanimously in October to enter into a contract with Chris Yang, giving him 90 days to drum up support for a theme park in the city-designated 520-acre resort area called InternationalWEST on Harbor Boulevard, where city officials envision hotels, shops, restaurants and a theme park.

Yang was expected to forge a partnership with a big-name studio to bring movie-based rides and attractions to Garden Grove.

This interesting nugget is further down in the article:

"They completely changed everything," Yang said. "It doesn’t make sense for me to put billions of dollars on one theme park. This city doesn’t have the infrastructure to support it."

The park would be very close to the 22 Freeway, which has just undergone a widening, but freeway upgrades in southern California are usually playing catch-up instead of preparing for future growth, and the 22 is no exception to that.  Garden Grove has been trying to take advantage of the Anaheim Resort development from the beginning, which is smart if done right.

Previous postings on this subject are here and here.