Six Flags New Orleans is an amusement park in New Orleans, Louisiana that has been closed since just before Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005 and is currently owned by the city of New Orleans. The park is located in Eastern New Orleans, in the Ninth Ward of the city off Interstate 510. The park first opened under the name "Jazzland" in 2000, operated by Alfa Smartparks before Six Flags took over the park's lease in 2002. In March 2012, it was announced that SFNO would be transformed into a mall, Jazzland Outlet Mall.
Rides included the Mega Zeph, a wooden roller coaster track built on a steel frame to prevent termite infestation and withstand hurricane force winds. The Mega Zeph was inspired by the old Zephyr roller coaster at the closed Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park that was located next to Lake Pontchartrain by the University Of New Orleans. The original intent was to rebuild the Zephyr but it was a smaller roller coaster so that idea was scrapped in favor of the current larger Mega Zeph. Other rides include Batman: The Ride, The Jester, Zydeco Scream (a Vekoma Boomerang), and Spillway Splashout, as well as many others. A water park was in the planning stages before Hurricane Katrina struck.
Eastern New Orleans was badly flooded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (see: Effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans). The park grounds are located on a low-lying section of Eastern New Orleans, with a 6-foot (1.8 m) earthen flood berm running along the perimeter, creating an artificial basin. After the park's drainage pumps failed during the storm, the berm retained the combination of rainwater and sea water overflow from Lake Pontchartrain caused by Katrina's massive storm surge, submerging the entire park grounds in corrosive, brackish floodwater to a depth of 4–7 feet. The floodwater was not drained for over a month. Due to the damage received, the park is closed indefinitely with no plans to reopen.