CREATED Jul. 24, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Just a couple blocks from City Center on the Las Vegas Strip, right behind the MGM Grand, what now is an empty lot could someday rake in a lot of cash.
That dirt lot is 34-year-old Josh Kearney's field of dreams.
The Australian businessman said he's just about finished with the financing and securing the land for a $50 million extreme sports park on Tropicana Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard.
Kearney said "Vegas Extreme" will be a game changer.
Artist renderings show plans that include a white sand beach and a shallow lake for jet skiing and white-water rafting. It would also feature motor cross riding and zip lines.
Kearney said it would be powered by renewable energy sources on 42-acres across from McCarran International Airport.
Kearney said he hasn't spoken to any of the operators of Las Vegas' mega resorts, but his park won't have gaming, so there's no competition, "We're just trying to add something more to the Strip, so I don't see that they'll have a problem with it. Hopefully they'll be excited about it."
Kearney has not spoken to Clark County Commissioners about the project, but said he's confident they will support his plans.
As soon as financing and the land lease agreement are finalized, Kearney said construction could begin and wrap up within a year.