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Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening
Waterpark Targeting Memorial Day Weekend Opening

Developers of a new southern Nevada waterpark Monday announced the beginning of construction of a massive aquatic complex.

“Splash Canyon” officials will target Memorial Day weekend in 2012 for a grand opening. Expected eventually to cover a 40-acre area larger than that of Wet N Wild, Las Vegas’ original waterpark on the northern Strip, the operation could create hundreds of seasonal jobs. Job fairs are tentatively planned over the next few months to fill those positions.

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to approve the project in June, and construction is under way on the site in preparation for the installation of millions of dollars in slides, wave pool and water play equipment currently in production. Splash Canyon Waterpark can be visited on the Web at www.splashlv.com.

The waterpark is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, near the Durango exit of I-215 in the Southwest. In searching for a location, developer SPB Partners signed a long-term lease agreement with The Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns the land originally designated by Clark County for use as a community park. The corporation will develop an adjacent community park and eventually a future aquatics center as part of the site’s master plan. Neighbors in the area expressed mixed feelings about the development. Some want it because it's something to occupy local kids, but they hold concerns about increased traffic.

According to park officials, Splash Canyon will feature a variety of water slides and attractions, children’s play areas, “cool zones” and dining, rental and group amenities. Attractions include:

  • 17,000-square-foot Wave Pool with 3-foot-high waves and stages for event and party use
  • Three-Slide Complex with Multi-Rider Tube Slides (up to two or three people)
  • Big Slide Complex with two seven-story Speed Slides and a six-lane, head-first Mat Racer
  • 1,000-foot-long, 3-foot-deep Lazy River winding waterway
  • Children’s Water Playground with a toddler pool with three slides and splash pad features
  • Four-story RainFortress playground with a variety of slides, water spray features, and a 500-gallon bucket that dumps water over the structure

Other amenities include: island setting with shaded food and seating areas and restrooms in the middle of the Lazy River; food outlet with outdoor seating that serves pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and healthy options; food carts with ice cream and other treats throughout the park; 25 private cabanas with special concierge service for daily rental; premium seating lounge options with umbrella and concierge service; retail store; men’s and women’s lockers; bathhouses/restrooms with showers; and hot and cold water rinse-off showers throughout the park.

For private functions, a two-acre group picnic area can accommodate up to 2,000 people. It comes with catering facilities and staff to lead attendees in picnic and child-friendly games and activities.

Normal park hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with extended hours for special events, including concerts and private parties. Splash Canyon will be open daily through Labor Day weekend.

A special introductory $99 season pass is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The special offer represents a $40 savings on the regular season pass price of $139 per person. Daily admission is $29.99 for persons 48 inches and taller and $21.99 for children under 48 inches, seniors (55+) and military personnel with identification. Children 2 years old and under are free.

There will be special rates for group events and parties and also for nonprofit groups seeking a fundraising opportunity.

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