Spoke with a representatives of the park today to confirm elements which show up in the concept art.
The area will in fact contain a lot of water and lots more greenery. That wasn't just fluff thrown into the concept art. They are going for a more garden-like setting. This section of the park is a concrete jungle and they are going to soften and green it up considerably.
In my opinion, this is a very welcome move. While the whole thing is a bit of a quick fix, these are also not long-term additions to the park. They are all easily moved or removed as future plans for the park are solidified. That pleases me, as I do think that much higher quality and better themed elements are on their way in the future.
For those holding out for a dark ride. That too will come. I have it on very good word that the park has spoken to a number of people in the industry about that very thing. But timing and budgets are everything, so there's no telling how long it might take for them to move forward. I'd rather that they wait and build a great custom family dark ride than to act fast and do some off the shelf Sally shot-em-up style ride (resist the temptation Knott's).
The Boardwalk was the single most maligned and ugly area of the park. It's now getting some attention. The next logical area to fix would have to be the former Roaring 20's (which I believe they also technically consider to be part of the Boardwalk), which is an absolute mess.
All in all, I'm not overwhelmed with the ride choices, but very pleased with the new greener setting and lush gardens planned. AND, for one low capacity ride removed, we are getting three new ones (also fairly low capacity). That's a pretty good trade that you don't see happen very often these days!