Some of the design highlights in this proposal are an amusement park, a gaming casino, a four-star hotel, a convention center, a motorsports park, a movie studio, a boat marina and a golf course.
Is this a real possibility, or another dream waiting to fall short?
James Rogers, CEO of Spirit of California, is confident in the park’s chances.
“If the city of Tracy and the residents support this project, it will come to fruition,” Rogers said. “I have brought in Peter Alexander, an independent consultant that has worked with Disney and Universal Studios, as our head of design. We are hoping to start within the next two years and finish the final phase around 2023. The park will be operational before the completed build-out.”
To get an idea of the scope of this project, the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim sits on 160 acres of land. One project alone within the Spirit of California design calls for a 300-acre motorsports park with six race tracks. Again, that’s just one part of this enormous venture.
According to Rogers, the project would be built on both city and county land, and the company is looking at acquiring 2,000 or more acres. In addition, Rogers says the project has the potential to create more than 16,000 jobs.
So what do local residents think? I recently heard from three fans of the proposal.
“I can’t think of anything more community friendly than bringing this park to Tracy,” said local resident Sheryl Madison. “I hope we all pull together to get this done. I know countless people that are in support and can’t wait.”
“I think it would be great!” said resident Candice Vega. “There’s not enough here for the kids to do. It would be nice to have a season pass so they can play all summer — without having to drive a far distance.”
“This will be good, more jobs for the community and more revenue for the city,” said local resident Sue Hickman.
•Anne Marie Fuller, a Tracy arts commissioner, is Mrs. California BOTN and National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation. She is also the television host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.