Harris County Judge Ed Emmett proposes turning the Astrodome into the world's largest indoor park. The judge Tuesday said it could include a green space with music pavilion, hiking and biking trails and other amenities.
"Permanent or temporary sports facilities from archery ranges to horseshoe pits could go in here," Emmett told reporters on the floor of the stadium.
"Converting the dome into the world's largest indoor park is a vision worth pursuing," he said. "In order to realize that vision, we must look to the public sector, the private sector and general public for ideas and support."
The Houston Texans and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo earlier this year proposed tearing down the 50-year-old Astrodome and turning it into an outdoor green space.
Emmett called that plan "silly."
"I've said some fairly harsh things about one of the plans that has been trotted out lately, but I'm not opposed to parks," he said. "I think having a climate controlled park really would put us back on the world stage again."