People in the water at Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson on Sunday, July 6. (FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
The first water park to ever be built in Henderson has its first weekend under its belt. The opening date had been pushed back time and time again because of construction delays, but Cowabunga Bay saw its first customers on the Fourth of July.
"There weren't a whole lot of glitches, everything sort of just fell into place," said Cowabunga Bay General Manager Shane Huish.
Huish said although the park doesn't release attendance numbers, he's very pleased with the July 4 opening.
"We were able to get a lot more done and have systems in place so we were a lot more prepared rather than rushing it for the Memorial Day opening," Huish said.
The 23-acre, $25 million water park is located near Galleria Drive and Gibson Road. The park is now offering preview park prices because it's still not 100 percent complete.
"We haven't opened up our giant family raft slide, so we're still waiting to get that open. And so until that opens we're offering a discounted price so people can come in and preview the park until we have the whole thing up and operating," Huish said.
But Huish said people are loving what is complete and a major crowd pleaser has been the ice cream. The park sold around 1,000 cones on Saturday alone. While ice cream is a big attraction at the park, Huish said the biggest attraction is the slides. He said the best slide is the Zuma Zooma. Riders are dropped 40 feet with an 80-degree fall into a loop after a countdown.
"They love that for the thrills, but our biggest crowd pleaser is our wave pool, it's a great pool for people to get in, cool off and the waves are just phenomenal," Huish said.
Despite the delayed openings, Huish said he remains optimistic and hopes locals like Justin Mackie and his family keep coming back for more fun in the sun.
"There's lots of shade, there's lots of water, lots of different things to ride on," Mackie said.
The park will be open on weekends only in September and a few weekends in October before closing for the season. The plan is to add a new attraction every year.
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