Some of you may not even know where New Caney is, but it is part of the distant reaches of the Houston area. Located North of Houston on Highway 59, it is nestled in the charm of the piney woods. Now the area is going to receive a big boost with the opening of a theme park called EarthQuest adventures. Here is the re-post of the article from the Houston Chronicle Jobs section, June 27.
Ok, this is truly exciting news. Maybe you’ve heard about plans for Earth Quest Adventures, a resort due to open in New Caney (25 miles north of Houston) in 2013. I hadn’t until recently and I couldn’t wait to find out more. Not only is it going to be an amazingly cool theme park, which will be the ONLY Eco Green theme park in the world, but the three-phase development plans include so much more.
Approximately 1,600 acres has been secured for the entire project. The theme park, which will include five themed areas: sky, life, water, land and pangea, will cover 500 acres and offer 50 different rides to thrill seekers. “We expect to see 1.5 million people come through the theme park gates each year alone,” said Chris Brown, president of Contour Entertainment (the resort’s master planner and lead designer). “This will be much bigger than Astroworld.”
What is truly BIG is the revenue this park stands to bring into the city and the positive impact it will make on the job market. “During all three phases, the project expects to bring 17,000 jobs to the area,” said Chris. The total 1,600-acre resort will consist of an Eco-Resort with Hotel and Conference Center, a Theme Park with attractions and thrills based on the natural world, a Water Park based on the lost world of dinosaurs, a Family Entertainment Center, a Retail/Dining/Entertainment Promenade, and at the center of it all, the EarthQuest Institute, an innovative new education and research facility with hands-on exhibits dedicated to advancing our awareness and appreciation of the environment.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Phase one (the theme park) is on the immediate horizon and they plan to employ approximately 1,200 to 1,500 full time operations staff. During design and construction, they also plan to utilize local firms and purchase from regional suppliers.
New Caney was selected as the home for the new theme park and resort because of the size of Houston and the absence of anything like it close by. “There has been a frustrated demand since Astroworld closed,” said Chris. Yet, this park will be nothing like Astroworld and they expect to draw visitors from all over the world.
For more information about EarthQuest, visit www.earthquestadventures.com. I’ll keep you posted on this project’s developments at Houston’s Hiring as well.