Economic Development ideas…
Almost 30 years ago, in 1994, long before “Destiny USA”, there was a “multi-dimensional themed destination” proposed for Syracuse.
- 500 acres of vacant land – old limestone quarry – a couple of miles from downtown
- Directly located on Interstate highway – 1 mile from Interstate Rt. 81
- 5 miles to NYS Thruway directly via interstate highway – no local traffic
- Directly located on railway – 1 mile from Syracuse University
- Directly adjacent to 36-hole golf course
- Directly adjacent to electric, gas, sewer and water utilities
- NO contaminated soils
“The Theme Park” Proposal
The concept: a theme park in a limestone quarry
Other theme park also developed in a limestone quarry: Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas
New York State business and political leaders should see this as an opportunity to promote what can and will be the #1 product sold in the state – tourism. With vast outdoor recreational areas like the Finger Lakes, The Thousand Islands/ St. Lawrence River, Adirondack State Park, the Catskills, Lake George/Saratoga regions, the Canal Recreationway and Lake Ontario and many others within a short drive, Central New York is situated at the hub of tourism in the Northeast United States.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Onondaga County is directly situated at the crossroads of two of the nation’s premier highways: the NY State Thruway/US Interstate Rt. 90 and US Interstate Rt. 81. It is also served by a revitalized railroad system which is increasingly utilized by passengers going to established tourist locations along the railroad routes. The Erie Canal, New York’s 524-mile canal system, connects Onondaga County to hundreds of miles of lakes and rivers across the Empire State, linking the Great Lakes with the majestic Hudson River and with five waterways in Canada.
The Theme Park site is in the heart of Onondaga County and shares all of the above transportation facilities. In fact, the railroad runs directly through the property and has a train boarding station on the Erie Canal (Carousel Center) just ten minutes away!
Multiple Water Slides Wave Pool Lazy River Roller Coasters & Big Thrill Rides Multiple Indoor Simulator Rides Indoor Waterparks Virtual Reality & Redemption Games Stage & Musical Venues Multi-Plex Movie Theaters Laser Light & Sound Shows Comedy & Magic Shows
Adventure Miniature Golf Courses Go Cart Tracks Bumper Boats & Cars Team & Family Celebration Facilities Kiddie-land Multi-Dimensional Children ’ s Playground Soft Play Centers Video Arcades Golf Simulators Laser Tag & Laser Skeet Batting Cages Train Rides
WIZARD OF OZ THEMED AREA
Life-size re-creation of The Emerald City with shopping venues, restaurants, theatrical stages, Wizards hallway, etc. “Dark” rides through The Wicked Witch’s Castle Tornado Dark Ride Munchkin Land, Oz Characters th roughout the theme park Yellow Brick roads, Horse of a different color, Wizards special effects shows, etc.
Central New York is the home of the original author of all of the Wizard of Oz novels, Mr. L Frank Baum. Born in Chittenango, New York, which is about 15 miles east ofthe proposed site of The Theme Park, Mr. Baum wrote14 volumes about the Wonderful Land of Oz.
The Village of Chittenango holds an annual “OzFest” in the streets of their village. Attendance has exceeded 30,000 people for the weekend event. Original cast members from the original 1939 MGM movie, “The Wizard of Oz”, attend the annual event. The Wizard of Oz remains one of the most beloved of all motion pictures and is well-known throughout the world. It is Central New York’s legitimate direct connection to the major motion picture industry and its potential tourism. The Theme Park would promote to its fullest potential the international drawing power of this famous motion picture and all of itscharacters. Daily historic tours of Chittenango’s Oz related attractions would be coordinated and promoted from The Theme Park tourism and travel office.
SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
- Enclosed Arena for basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, concerts, tradeshows
- Olympic-quality Training Facilities
An opportunity exists in the Syracuse market for the development of sports entertainment facilities such as an arena or stadium, a velodrome, youth hockey and youth baseball facilities, lacrosse and soccer arenas, etc., to facilitate expansion of current semi-professional sports franchises in the Syracuse area and future team sports being solicited to the Central New York market. The current facilities for the Syracuse Crunch semi-pro hockey club are undersized and plans for enlarging the facility have already been discussed. The current site at the Onondaga County Convention Center, in downtown Syracuse, has site limitations regarding infrastructure which may limit the needed expansion. Proximity of The Theme Park site to Syracuse University (1 mile) and interstate highways, expansive acreage for construction and parking, and excellent soil bearing capacities, make the proposed site an excellent option for construction of new sports facilities.The Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, home of the NCAA Division 1 Syracuse OrangemenBasketball and Football teams, plays host to the largest attendance of college basketball fansin the country with an average of more than 20,000 fans attending each of their home games. New sports facilities at The Theme Park would attract greater numbers of spectators to many other national and international league semi-professional sports franchises currently existing or planned for the Syracuse market.
NATURE & OUTDOOR RECREATION THEMES
Large Man-made Recreational Lake and Waterfront
General Description: A man-made fresh water lake of approximately 15 acres in surface area. Constructed in a limestone quarry excavated to desired lake bottom terrain and depth. Lined with appropriate environmentally safe PVC and/or other materials. Treatment, filtering, filling and overflow controls completely monitored and mechanically controlled. Water depth to be variable in areas making it suitable for stocking of indigenous and compatible fish and aquatic animal species. Shallower areas to freeze sooner in winter season. Designated areas for beach, swimming and wading depths.
PLEASURE HILLS RESORT & SPA–in secluded wooded area
- Adult relaxation and recreation
- Luxury hot tubs, saunas & spa
- 36-Hole Golf Course
Interactive High Tech / Recreation
RETAIL SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
- Factory Outlet Stores
- Enclosed Specialty Retail Mall
- Tourism Related & Souvenirs Stores
COMMUNITY & REGIONAL
- Theme Weekends
- Winterfest Activities
- Conferences & Trade Shows
- Tourism Related Activities
- Charity and Fund Raising Events
OTHER PROPOSED ATTRACTIONS
- Large corporate clambake and picnic grounds, RV park & campgrounds
HISTORICAL TRAIN MUSEUM
A Train Museum has been proposed for The Theme Park as a natural addition to the proposed New York State themes and especially due to the presence of the railroad which runs directly through the property in a location which would provide easy access to a rail siding and museum exhibits at the “front door” of the theme park.
As proposed by the Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society:
- Passenger Station – Two story, brick exterior with clock tower, telegraph office, ticket facilities, restrooms, waiting rooms, gift shop.
- 600 foot platform for loading and unloading passengers. Approximately 300 feet covered. Allows up to eight passenger cars to unload at one time.
- Passing siding
- Train shed – open type structure with skylights. Four tracks with platforms for easy viewing of display cars.
- A private car track with facilities for servicing private cars.
- A tower to depict the old dispatching towers of old times. It can also function as a control center for train movements in the area.
- Display Building – containing full size dioramas of local railroad scenes, an orientation theater and other displays. Connected to simulated roundhouse.
- Turntable with 100 foot capacity.
- Maintenance and Restoration Building – containing two 90 foot tracks with viewing platforms for public to view restoration work.
- Trolley line for transport of theme park visitors around park.
Model railroad building containing an operating HO model of the railroads operating in the streets of Syracuse. Library containing extensive collection of research material.