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OWA

It's been a long time coming, but the Gulf Coast finally has it's own amusement park. Last Friday, 12 years after Hurricane Katrina permanently closed Six Flags New Orleans, the Poarch Creek Indian tribe opened The Park at OWA in Foley, Alabama.

Located just a few miles north of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, the brand new park boasts two roller coasters and 20 other rides plus shopping, restaurants, a hotel and other amenities spread over 520 acres.

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The Poarch Creek tribe are behind three Alabama casinos: Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore, Creek Casino Wetumpka at Hickory Ground in Wetumpka, and Creek Casino Montgomery in Montgomery. According to the Associated Press, the park's name comes from a Muscogee Creek word that means "big water."

Understandably, area officials are happy about the new attraction in the tourist region. The development is next door to a new, 91,000-square-foot city-owned sports complex, which means OWA will have no shortage of foot traffic, AL.com reports.

"That is sort of a no-brainer on the positivity of it," Foley Mayor John Koniar told AL.com. "OWA is going to be very big for the whole area."

The Park at OWA is open daily from 10am - 10pm. Visit the park's website for more information.

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