Monday, November 14, 2011

The Return of the Water Park to Vegas

Starting next year a major water park will once again serve Las Vegas, only this time it won't be near the Strip, and will be aimed at attracting local residents.

Splash Canyon Water Park has a planned Memorial Day 2012 opening date.  The new 25 acre facility will be located in Southwest Las Vegas, and eventually could expand to 40 acres.  Splash Canyon will be a part of a larger community park area, which could include an aquatics center as well.

Splash Canyon will feature many popular water park attractions in its $18 million first Phase.  A layout of the park has been released:

Many Las Vegas residents have wanted a new water park since Wet 'n Wild closed in 2004, leaving the area without a traditional park.  Splash Canyon will feature some 20 slides and attractions when it opens, including a 17,000 square foot wave pool, seven story speed and mat racer slides, children's play area, lazy river, water play fortress, and more.

The park will be managed by Harvest Family Entertainment, the same company that runs the successful Hawaiian Falls chain of water parks in Texas.  Depending on the success of Splash Canyon, other parks for the Las Vegas area are being eyed.

More information on the new water park is available on its official website, as well as its Facebook page.