Garden Grove Council approves new amusement park

Curt Pringle, the Mayor of Anaheim, thinks he is the cat’s meow because his city hosts Disneyland and the Angels baseball club – but it looks like his neighbor to the south, Garden Grove, is now going to have their own amusement park. Expect this to make the Mayor of Garden Grove a big player in central Orange County – on a par with Pringle, Irvine Mayor Beth Krom, and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.

Now we know why the Garden Grove council went on a recent junket to an amusement park conference in Atlanta.

Here is the latest news on the Garden Grove park, from the Times OC Edition:

Garden Grove OKs plan for amusement park

The city hopes to forge a separate identity by allowing development of the 150-acre site three miles south of Disneyland
By Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
dave.mckibben@latimes.com

November 30, 2006

After years of failed efforts to land some sort of tourist attraction, the Garden Grove City Council has agreed to let an investment firm move forward with plans to construct a $4-billion amusement park in a city best known for its annual strawberry festival.

The park, which would include three resort-style hotels, would be built on a 150-acre site on Harbor Boulevard, three miles down the road from Disneyland.

The plan’s backers also told the council that they wanted to invest an additional $4 billion to build a nearby retail and entertainment complex.

Though details were sketchy and the source of the investor’s money is murky, council members enthusiastically embraced the theme-park plan, voting 5-0 Tuesday night to begin a 90-day negotiating period with the Los Angeles-based investment firm, TL Properties.

As part of the agreement, the company


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