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Houston Astrodome’s future could be as waterpark

Houston Astrodome’s future could be as waterpark

ASTRODOME: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett makes his suggestion to turn the Astrodome into the world's largest indoor park during a press conference at the historic domed stadium Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Houston. Emmett said his idea would include spaces for festivals and other gatherings, as well as hiking, biking and fitness trails on the stadium's upper levels. He had no cost estimate or firm plan for its funding, though he suggested creating private-public partnerships to pay for it. Photo: Associated Press/Pat Sullivan

HOUSTON (AP) — The newest proposal for repurposing the Houston Astrodome and saving it from demolition envisions turning the now-empty stadium into the world’s largest indoor park.

The pitch comes from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the county’s top elected official. He revealed his idea at a news conference Tuesday on the floor of the 49-year-old county-owned building.

Emmett said his idea would include spaces for festivals and other gatherings, as well as hiking, biking and fitness trails on the stadium’s upper levels. He had no cost estimate or firm plan for its funding, though he suggested creating private-public partnerships to pay for it.

The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have been eager to demolish the iconic but derelict dome that’s next to the new NRG Stadium.

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