New water parks coming to the Las Vegas Valley
Progress is being made on two water parks set to open next spring. It was announced Thursday the one off Fort Apache and Sunset will be a Wet 'n' Wild.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Work is in progress on two new water parks set to open next spring.
On Thursday, investors announced the water park off Fort Apache and Sunset will be called Wet 'n' Wild.
Many Las Vegas natives have fond memories of the old Wet 'n' Wild water park on the Las Vegas Strip.
Andre Agassi is no exception.
"My fondest memories were actually as I got older," Agassi said. "The Davis Cup came to play here and we kind of took over the park for a few hours just to celebrate and cool down from the heat of Vegas."
Agassi wanted to invest as soon as he heard a group of developers were trying to bring Wet 'n' Wild back to the Valley.
Thursday morning, they gathered at the World Waterpark Association Convention to announce the water park's opening date: Memorial Day 2013.
"We postponed it. We were trying to rush and get it done. But like any good partner, you talk to each other and figure out the right thing to do is. And the right thing to do was to get this done the right way," one investor said.
Wet 'n' Wild is not the only water park coming to the Valley. Developers are also working on a project in Henderson, which will be similar to Cowabunga Bay in Salt Lake City, Utah.
'We're looking to break ground by year's end and have this opening by May of next year," said owner Shawn Hassett.
Their site will be off I-95 near Galleria Drive and Gibson Road, several miles from the other water park.
So far, the two camps aren't concerned over the competition.
"We've been aware of each other for some time, and this valley can certainly support two parks," Hassett said.
"We'll have a place to go that's cool, with water, where the temperature can go down a little bit, where families can congregate and feel safe at the same time," Agassi said. "That's a monster win."