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New 'bouldering' gym opens

A new facility caters to the rock climbing enthusiasts in the Las Vegas valley.

The Refuge, which is located at Valley View Blvd. and Sunset Road, is the first gym to open in 20 years in Las Vegas based on an activity known as bouldering, which is rock climbing without ropes or harnesses.

The owners say the gym is accessible to everyone not just people who like to climb.  

“It is not quite as tall as what people traditionally think of for rock climbing. It's a little bit shorter. I kind of liken it to running in terms. It's almost like running a sprint versus running a marathon, just good fun fitness,” general manager Cody Hidler said

The gym also features a yoga studio, a children's top rope and birthday party area.


County holding open house about Southwest Ridge Recreation Plan

County holding open house about Southwest Ridge Recreation Plan

Clark County wants the public’s opinion about the first phase of plans to create recreational areas in the southwest area of the Las Vegas valley. It is part of the Southwest Ridge Recreation Concept Plan.

The open house will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Desert Breeze Community Center, 8275 Spring Mountain Road. There will be an American with Disabilities Act accessibility presentation at 6 p.m.

People will get a chance to see displays of plan for the Gypsum Ridge Trail and Park, which includes a one mile trail and natural park. The meeting will be informal. 

Wet 'n' Wild offering ways to get into park for free

Wet 'n' Wild offering ways to get into park for free

Enjoying a day at a water park is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat and this year Wet ‘n’ Wild is offering several different ways to get into the park for free.

Straight-A students can get a free general admission ticket. The offer is good for a one time ticket only and is good for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. To redeem the offer, students need to present a year-end report card at the ticket window.

The park is also offering free admission for people 65 years and old through the month of July. They just need to show their Nevada’s driver’s license or identification card at any ticket window.

People who have VIP, Gold and Season Passes for the Wet ‘n’ Wild in Las Vegas can also get free admission into Wet ‘n’ Wild parks in Hawaii, Phoenix, Palm Springs and Houston. They just need to show their pass at the ticket window.

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

New slide opens Saturday at Wet 'n' Wild

Wet 'n' Wild is gearing up for its second season with a new ride. The tornado slide takes riders on through a 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and fourth through the eye of the storm.

Park employees got to test out the new slide Friday before it officially opens to the public Saturday. However, it's not the only big thing helping Wet 'n' Wild kick off its summer season.

"This Memorial Day weekend we're kicking it off with a DJ and some special events, including a Twister game, which actually benefits our friends over at Opportunity Village," Trevor Wilson with the water park said.

This is the second year the park has been open. It starts its daily schedule Saturday. This year they are also offering more parking and shaded areas along with longer hours.


New slide under construction at Wet 'n' Wild

New slide under construction at Wet 'n' Wild

Construction of the newest slide is underway at Wet 'n' Wild.

The water park got the new Tornado slide. The slide is funnel-shaped which creates a zero-gravity experience that simulates the feeling of a storm. Riders use a four-person raft to go from 36 feet in the air through a 110-foot tunnel.

The slide will make riders feel as if they are about to tip over, but the curved funnel wall keeps them safe.

The Tornado slide opens Memorial Day weekend. 

County offering swim lessons in time for summer

County offering swim lessons in time for summer

Clark County's parks and recreation is opening registration for swim lessons and other aquatics programs May 15.

The lessons are available at 10 of the 14 county aquatic facilities. Lessons are offered twice per week in four-week sessions through out the summer. The cost is $35 per session.

Mail-in registration starts May 15, Online registration starts May 17 and walk-in registration starts May 19.

Last year, more than 18,800 people enrolled in the county's aquatic programs.

Besides swim lessons, the county offers the Lifeguard Education Awareness Program or LEAP. The program offers swimming instruction, lifeguard training, CPR certification and information about water-related careers.

The program is available at only four recreation centers, space is limited and there are age restrictions. For more information, call (702) 455-8505.

Wet 'n' Wild opens Saturday for special spring break activities

Wet 'n' Wild opens Saturday for special spring break activities

Wet 'n' Wild will open its season this weekend just in time for spring break for most students at Clark County School District schools.

Opening week will feature special activities and prizes in addition to the 25 slides and attractions at the water park. There will be competitions and contests, including limbo, dancing, hula hooping, scavenger hunts and trivia. There will also be music from current hits to classic songs from the 50s and 60s.

Wet 'n' Wild will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting Saturday through April 18. The park will continue that schedule on select weekends through Memorial Day weekend.

The regular summer schedule will start Memorial Day weekend. The new Tornado extreme water slid will also open that weekend.