Land purchased for a proposed water park. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
The land cost $4.6 million. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
The site of the proposed park near Warm Springs and Fort Apache. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
The Las Vegas Valley has been without a water park since Wet ‘n Wild closed back in 2004. With a recently announced land purchase, that could soon change.
Twenty-two acres of desert near the intersection of Gibson Road and Galleria Drive in Henderson have been purchased by Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas for more than $4.6 million.
Shane Huish, who owns Cowabunga Bay in Draper, UT, has partnered with Vegas Residential, LLC for the park.
Vegas Residential, LLC had planned to break ground and build a water park in the area earlier this year. With Huish now on board they hope it will become a reality. However, plans are still being worked out.
"We are working to make things happen. We have a few more pieces to put into place but it's exciting that we've bought the land down there," Huish said.
For many, it's hard to believe our community has been without a water park for eight years, especially considering our hot, arid climate.
"(I) loved Wet ‘n Wild. I loved the rides, hanging out with (my) girlfriends. It was great," said Tina Pfeifer, a native Las Vegan and parent of two.
"We would use it for sure. I could tell you all the kids on the team would use it," said baseball dad Scott Landis.
Those we spoke with said Henderson would be the perfect place for a park.
"It's a great location – Galleria Mall. There (are) lots of places for the parents to hang out and leave their kids there for awhile," Pfeifer said.
There are also plans in the works for another water park near Warm Springs and Fort Apache roads in the southwest. SPB Partners had planned to open that park by the spring of this year. The company's website now indicates a spring 2013 opening.
Financing for the Henderson project is still getting worked out but the land purchase is a big step forward. The participating companies said they hope to make a major announcement by early 2013.
Huish's family has been in the business for 50 years. Besides parks in Utah, they have a park in Washington state and have helped develop several parks in southern California.
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