Summertime! Back in the day, the summer meant the world to me. It meant…”No School”…it meant I can spend months doing what I loved; reading, writing, watching television, going to the movies, Fondren Great Skate, and spending time with my grandparents. But most of all…the anticipation of summer meant a many day and night at one of Houston’s most prized possessions, and in my opinion, one of our greatest landmarks…
It’s been five years since they closed our haven; our place of adolescent entertainment and discovery. I remember being at Windsor Village Elementary, and doing everything to have perfect attendance just so I can go to Astroworld with my classmates.
I remember the lines at Kroger, filled with kids for Season Passes. I remember when Waterworld was built and when the Greased Lighting debuted in 1978 at Fright Night.
I miss the rides…the sounds…the constant chatter and laughter of children and adults. You could be broke, and still have the time of your life.
While many of us spent our summers at Astroworld in our youth, the moment we were able to work, where did we go? Astroworld!
When I am on 610 and I pass by that mass of land, I can barely look to my right… How could they do it? How could they disassemble my childhood?
Most of our children will never ride the Texas Cyclone, Greased Lighting, The Bamboo Shoot, nor ride high above and across the park in that thing…I forget the name!
My sister, cousins, and friends all had season passes. Some of us met our first love at Astroworld; had our first kiss driving the old school cars.
I remember the anticipation of it’s opening every Spring! What new rides are there going to be? And who could forget the concerts? Every “Fresh Fest” was where? Astroworld’s Southern Star Amphitheater!
I feel robbed. The youth of Houston,Texas and surrounding cities…are being robbed.
There was “FRIGHT NIGHT”, “WINTER WONDERLAND” how could they say we weren’t coming? How could they say they weren’t making money? I guess it’s just…business…
But for 37 years, there was a place in “Da H” that gave joy to children all over the world. That place was Astroworld. And I will cherish my Astroworld memories forever!