@Deb thanks for sharing that link. Taking a closer look at the Gathering Place offers a useful sense of the scale of project we’re looking at with Dix. Seems like a lot of people (not on this forum) don’t quite grasp this.
Tulsa is roughly the same size as Raleigh 400k to our 460k people. The Gathering Place will be about 1/3rd the size of Dix once it’s fully open. Phase 1 is something like 66 acres (opened in September 2018). Its size will grow to 100 acres once Phase II is complete.
GP has a staff of about 150 and a leadership team of 12 shown on their website. For my money GP has a bit more of a theme-park feel than what the Dix master plan envisions, which may mean GP is a more staff-intensive park, but I have to think Dix will require a staff of about that size.
How much do people think it would cost to pay a staff of 150+ people a year? Even if the staff only averaged $20k/year (obscenely low) that’s $3 million a year not including any benefits.
It “only” took seven years for GP to go from concept to opening of Phase 1. That seems very quick to me given the size of the park, but it’s still seven years - the better part of a decade. And it has a land bridge over a highway. I’ll be shocked if we see a Phase I of Dix open seven years from now.
The timeline for GP likely wouldn’t have been possible without the 80+ private and corporate donations. Looks like most every feature of GP is named for its donor. We’ve heard all the complaints about the idea of a hotel in the park. How are people going to react to the “Advance Auto Meadow” at Dix Park?