RESOLUTION NO. RS2011-92
A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Board of Fair Commissioners to consider including a theme park as part of the Fairgrounds master plan.
WHEREAS, the 117-acre Metropolitan Fairgrounds property, located in the heart of Nashville, is in close proximity to other downtown entertainment venues including the Ryman Auditorium, LP Field, the Bridgestone Arena, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Nashville Convention Center; and
WHEREAS, although some events at the Fairgrounds remain successful, the Fair Board has been forced to use revenues from its fund balance in recent years to make up budget shortfalls; and
WHEREAS, Section 2.78.010 of the Metropolitan Code requires the Board of Fair Commissioners, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Department of Parks and Recreation and the Metropolitan Planning Department, to develop a master plan for the future development and operation of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds site and surrounding area; and
WHEREAS, the Fair Board is in the process of selecting consultants to assist in the preparation of the master plan; and
WHEREAS, Metropolitan Nashville brands itself as Music City, USA, and promotes a wide variety of entertainment for tourists and resident citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Opryland USA theme park was once a tourist attraction that sat on 120 acres, had 27 total rides, and witnessed 2.5 million visitors annually to the park; and
WHEREAS, the tourist revenue generated for the city by Opryland USA was extremely valuable in promoting Metropolitan Nashville as Music City, USA and funding operations of the city; and
WHEREAS, owner Gaylord Entertainment chose to close the Opryland USA theme park in 1997, resulting in lost tourist revenue for the city; and
WHEREAS, the city has failed to compensate for the lost tourist revenue with the closing of the Opryland USA theme park; and
WHEREAS, theme parks have continually succeeded in attracting tourists, generating large amounts of capital, and in being a positive source of work for the local population; and
WHEREAS, the Dollywood theme park is situated on 150 acres, has 26 total rides, generates 2.5 million guests to the park annually, and has 3,000 local residents on its payroll, making it the largest single employer of the east Tennessee community of Pigeon Forge; and
WHEREAS, there are numerous theme park development companies located throughout the United States whose projects represent reputable, money making ventures; and
WHEREAS, theme park companies will typically cooperate with municipal officials to complete a feasibility study and develop a master plan for the particular site; and
WHEREAS, the 117-acre Fairgrounds site would be an ideal location for a theme park to supplement the entertainment environment of downtown Nashville and its designation as Music City USA; and
WHEREAS, the theme of the proposed park should be centered on Country Music and NASCAR to supplement the existing entertainment venues of the downtown Nashville area; and
WHEREAS, such a theme park will be a beneficial attraction for tourists of Metropolitan Nashville, generate substantial revenue for the city, and provide invaluable work opportunities for the local population.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting the Metropolitan Board of Fair Commissioners to consider including a theme park as part of the Fairgrounds master plan. Such park should preferably include country music as its primary theme with a secondary theme focused on NASCAR racing.
Section 2. That the Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to each member of the Board of Fair Commissioners.
Section 3. That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Bruce Stanley
|Referred to:||Codes, Fair & Farmers Market Committee|
|Introduced:||November 15, 2011|
|Adopted:||November 15, 2011|
|Returned Unsigned by Mayor:||November 17, 2011|