Just 30 miles south of Nashville, plans are developing for as many as a thousand acres of land east of I-65 in Spring Hill to become a brand new theme park called Festival Tennessee. Although no deal has been finalized for purchasing the real estate, a Florida-based amusement park company has entered into conversation with the city’s planning board and 750 acres of the land in question has been re-zoned for commercial use.
The closing of Opryland has left Middle Tennessee without an amusement park for over a decade. More recently, a local GM/Saturn plant shut down in the Spring Hill area, causing jobs as well as tax dollars to leave the city. Replacing these voids with a successful amusement park could be a huge turnaround for the region, which explains much of Spring Hill Mayor Michael Dinwiddie’s excitement. The park area would also include hotels, restaurants, water parks, a sports complex, a charter school, studios, an amphitheater, a stadium, a sports park area, and a high-end outlet center. Estimates for the cost of the entire development are currently over $750 million, none of which would come from tax dollars. The park is scheduled to open in time for Thanksgiving, 2012 and could bring as many as 15,000 to 20,000 new jobs to the area!Sources: Nashville Biz Journal Columbia Daily Herald The Tennessean