Courtesy Splash Canyon
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 | 12:06 p.m.
The planned May opening of a water park in the southwest valley has been delayed until spring of 2013.
Developers announced plans for Splash Canyon, a 25-acre complex of pools and slides near the Las Vegas Beltway and Sunset Road, in November and said it would be open for Memorial Day 2012.
But Friday morning, developer SPB Partners released a statement that the park wouldn’t open until spring 2013 to allow time for more amenities to be added to the park, which now is expected to cost $20 million. That figure is up $2 million from original estimates because of added features.
“Lasting quality and an exceptional guest experience for years to come is much more important than going too fast,” managing partner Roger Bulloch said in a statement. “We’re able to do more things to enhance the water park experience than if we rushed this year.”
The delayed opening also will allow the park to open for a full season and avoid a compressed construction schedule.
Previously announced amenities for the park include 20 slides, a wave pool, lazy river, water playground and toddler pool.
In addition to the plethora of thrill options — seven-story speed slides or the head-first mat racer — the park will feature private cabanas, a large picnic area, more than 1,000 lounge chairs and misters for customers.
The project, a spokeswoman with SPB Partners said, is fully funded, including $10 million in equity raised from Las Vegas investors. To date, $2 million has been spent in development costs, fees, permits and manufacturing deposits, developers said. The project is estimated to employ 15 full-time staff and 500 seasonal employees.
Those who already purchased 2012 season passes for Splash Canyon will have the option for a full refund or to roll their pass over to 2013 for half price. Those customers will receive an e-mail with specific instructions for refunds, the statement said.