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Developers planning 22-acre water park in Henderson


via Dreampark International, Inc.

Dreampark International, Inc. conceptual drawing of the water park, Nov. 11, 2011.

Proposed water park

Developers have plans to build a 22-acre water park in Henderson that would open next summer and feature 20 water slides, thrill rides, a lazy river, restaurants and cabanas.

Project developer Shawn Hassett told the Henderson Planning Commission on Thursday that his company is in the final stages of putting financing together and will not start the project until the money is in place.

The commission approved a conditional use permit to Vegas Residential LLC and ordered a design study for the proposed park at Galleria Drive and Gibson Road. With the city’s go-ahead, the attraction could be open as early as summer 2012, Hassett said.

Since the closing of Wet’n Wild on the Strip, the valley has missed out on a water park, Hassett said.

“There aren’t really that many options for good, wholesome family entertainment,” said Hassett, a nine-year resident of Henderson. “It will be a huge benefit to the community.”

The proposed park would be located near Union Village, a $1.5 billion medical, retail and residential complex.

It would include a lazy river, a wave pool, thrill rides, family water slides and a family play area. There will be about 20 water slides, surrounded by restaurants, cabanas and volleyball courts.

“We want to introduce some new rides and some favorites and classics rides,” Hassett said.

In the past, Hassett has been involved with several projects locally and out of state, working extensively on the financing for one of the Panorama Towers near the

Strip. His partner Ben Howell worked for Del Webb building hundreds of homes in the valley and also worked in the pool industry for more than 15 years.

One of the other members of the development team, Don McCrary, has designed and developed 30 to 40 water parks, and the former general manager of Wet’n Wild will also help develop the park.

After the economy took a plunge, Hassett said, he pulled out of developing, until he found a decently priced piece of land for the water park.

“A water park is something that has always been on our mind,” Hassett said. “The challenge is that land prices were so expensive, so it didn’t make sense. In the last 12 months, prices are more realistic.”

He declined to disclose how much the company paid for the land.

The planning commission expressed some concerns about traffic and noise. The park will include an eight-foot, decorative wall along Galleria Drive with a buffer of trees and landscaping for visual and sound buffering.

The water park would be open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and some weekends in the spring and fall.

Tentatively called the Henderson Water Park, Hassett said, he will release the official name once construction is started.

Hassett said the next step is obtaining construction permits and that he hopes to break ground early next year.

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  1. Looking forward to it but there's no way this opens Summer 2012 if they don't even have financing yet!

  2. Wow, let's burn up some more water in the driest state in the Union. Maybe this will justify stripping all of the water from eastern Nevada so we can slip-slide away. Ms. Mulroy needs all of the excuses she can get.

  3. More jobs and some family entertainment!

    Hope they get it all handled and built. This is another step in the right direction of this town.

  4. Good idea. The Powers That Be in this project should also maybe think about how to get visitors from the Strip to not only this location, but the one in Spring Valley. Not sure everyone would be willing to rent a car for the day just to go to water parks - unless, of course, they make a day or two of visiting other places. Not sure if Strip visitors would be inclined to visit the water parks but if there is an easy way to get there, they may visit, especially if they have kids.

    Also, it is a known fact the water is recycled in Vegas. Also think Bellagio, Mirage, etc. Heck, the car washes recycle their water!! (I once heard the water in the rooms is also recycled - yes, the water that you put in those coffee makers to make coffee!! Don't know if this is true or not.)