The Southern Star Amusement Group has submitted plans to the city’s recovery czar, Edward Blakely, to redevelop the site but neither own nor operate it.

Among the proposals are a US$7m waterpark, which would open for the 2009 season and be part of a five-phase $20m development, as well as 60 rides and attractions, up from the 32 running when the park closed. Five new entertainment areas and a recreational vehicle park would also be added.

The park has remained shut since 2005 following the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina.