Storyville Gardens will be the first park in the Nashville area since Opryland USA closed in 1997.
The park seems to be born from two fundamental ideas. The first is Nashville has seen a huge tourist and population growth over the past few years. Storyville Gardens will be a family attraction desperately needed in an area dominated by bars and nightclubs.
Second, the park aims to spark a love of reading amongst children. “Currently in Tennessee, only 34.9 percent of students read at grade level,” said Elde Guerrier, creator of the park . “As a state, we can do so much better. While Storyville Gardens represents a significant economic opportunity for investors and the community where it will eventually be located, its mission is also to help jump start a movement where children in our state embrace and enjoy reading beyond what is required in the classroom.”
Storyville Gardens will be a destination of approximately 130 acres including the park, hotels and over 220,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment. The Park represents an investment of more than $300 million in its first phase with two more phases to come.
Storyville Gardens is being designed by Storyland Studios, one of the world’s leading experience design and production studios focusing on theme parks and visitor attractions. Storyland Studio’s list of clients includes Universal Studios, Disney, Marvel, LucasFilm, Cedar Fair and LEGOLAND.
Storyland Studios Founder and Chief Creative Officer Mel McGowan said Storyville Gardens is a truly unique concept that combines cutting edge family entertainment with a social mission that will resonate across the country.
We are looking forward to seeing how Storyville Gardens develops and adding another theme park to the United States!
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