Some residents in east Montgomery County are becoming impatient with an amusement park that has been on the table since 2005.
That project is called EarthQuest and is expected to be in New Caney, Texas.
There have been millions of dollars spent on the project already but still there is no amusement park.
There is a planned town hall meeting in Montgomery County Thursday to address the project and the expenditures.
County officials in charge of the project have been criticized for lavish spending even though EarthQuest has not materialized.
The only thing you will find is a sign on 59 near Porter proclaiming the project is coming.
Sources tell the Insite residents are expected to be so angry at the community meeting this week that extra deputy constables are being called in to monitor the event.
Background on the project:
It was back in 2005 when a tract of land became the amusement hopes and dreams of residents in New Caney just off of U.S. Highway 59.
But in the last seven years, nothing has materialized with the theme park now called Earthquest.
The $500 million theme park that has yet to get off the ground, has sucked up $10 million in taxpayer dollars for expenses, missed the 2008 opening deadline, and the first developer filed for bankruptcy in 2012.
But officials with the East Montgomery County Improvement District still have confidence it will open one day. Through bonds on taxpayers’ backs, the district is footing the bill for the empty land for now.
The non-existent theme park is not without controversy. Frank McCrady, CEO of the East Montgomery County Improvement District, which oversees the project with the developer, has come under fire.
An investigation by the Tribune newspaper in Humble shows a mounting tab of expenses by officials with the improvement district during the development of Earthquest:
Multiple trips to Las Vegas, thousands of dollars in restaurant receipts, $20,000 in Houston Rockets tickets and more. How does the CEO explain that?
“First and foremost, those are two separate issues … we will utilize those as tools in recruitment,” says McCardy.
In the meantime, there are those in New Caney who have given up hope that the theme park will be built, even though reputable builder DR Horton and new developer Countour have made an offer to buy the land. It would save the plan from bankruptcy.
And then are those who are keeping hope alive for the amusement park that’s been seven years in the making.
McCardy says he expects groundbreaking to begin in 18 months.