Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Latest Astrodome proposal: massive indoor park

HOUSTON - The iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome could come back to life as an indoor park that county officials say would be the world's largest, according to the newest proposal for reusing the stadium and saving it from demolition.

The pitch came from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the county's top elected official, during a news conference Tuesday on the floor of the 49-year-old county-owned building.

Emmett said while some people feel the structurally sound but dilapidated stadium should be demolished, he views the Astrodome as an asset that's still useful.

"Before we just toss it on the trash heap, we need to take a look at what people in our community need," he said.

Emmett said he came up with the idea while on a morning walk during one of Houston's hot and humid days.

The proposal includes a green space for festivals and other gatherings, a possible amphitheater and an area for sports activities. Emmett pointed to the Astrodome's upper seating levels Tuesday, saying they could be a good location for hiking, biking and fitness trails.

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More like the Lastrodome... They've been chomping at the bit to turn that thing into a parking lot for years.

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