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Wet 'n Wild announces Las Vegas water park plans

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Updated: 10/05/2012 12:31 am
It has been more than seven years since the valley had a water park and now the move to keep cool is taking a page from our past. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez joins us live from the strip with news that Wet 'n Wild is making a comeback in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (Las Vegas Sun/Richard N. Velotta) -- Representatives of Australian entertainment giant Village Roadshow announced during a media event today that it is renaming the Splash Canyon Water Park in Summerlin as Wet 'n Wild Las Vegas.

The water park was supposed to open this Memorial Day, but the opening was pushed back a year so developers could add amenities to the project.

The more than $50 million park will feature 25 slides — including North America's first Rattler slide — a wave pool, lazy river, water playground and toddler pool, as well as a seven-story speed slide and head-first mat racer.

More than 41 acres of land for the attraction will be leased from the Howard Hughes Corp. Investors include Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf; Dr. Steven and Karen Thomas, of the Thomas and Mack family; and Roger and Scott Bulloch, of SPB Capital Partners.

The park will be managed by Village Roadshow, which operates Wet 'n Wild water parks in Arizona and Hawaii. The company also is developing a Wet 'n Wild in Sydney, Australia, set to open in December 2013.

"We are very excited to bring this amazing new water park to the perfect city that is Las Vegas," Tim Fisher, Village Roadshow CEO, said in a statement. "The park will feature some of the world's most incredible slides and will offer an experience unlike anything Las Vegas residents and visitors have ever seen before."

"Wet 'n Wild Las Vegas has the potential to entertain more than 650,000 guests annually," Fisher added.

Locals and tourists have long bemoaned that Las Vegas has no full-scale water park. Wet ’n Wild shut down in 2004 after nearly 20 years in operation along the Strip near the now-defunct Sahara. Although developers have floated proposals for a replacement, no projects have come to fruition.

Most notably, in 2006, a former Disney and Universal Studios executive announced plans for Las Vegas Wet, a $10 billion combination indoor water park, ski slope, casino and hotel. It was supposed to open on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Interstate 215, but the idea burst along with the economy.

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