LAS VEGAS -- Plans for a new water park in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley are back on.
Splash Canyon was put on hold in February, but developers are ready to announce a new name, new attractions, and a new opening date. Those details will be outlined Thursday.
There is still a lot of construction and a lot of anticipation surrounding the $30 million project at Fort Apache and Warm Springs Roads. A new gas station is going in across the street from the future park's site. Nearby business are thrilled about the idea of increased traffic.
"It makes us feel great. We are hoping to get a lot of traffic coming through," said Brian Robinson who is with the children's play area Tykes 'n' Tots, which is just a mile north of the water park.
Neighbors are also excited about the park finally being finished. Candice Mese and her toddler Hudson expect to enjoy the water park as soon as they can.
"We live right down the street. So it is going to be something that we can take him to for however long it is there," Mese said.
Developers say the project will bring jobs to an area of the valley that has suffered since the recession.
"We are going to create an excess of 200 construction jobs to get this built. Some of those jobs are already going and then we will create 500 jobs for youth," Roger Bulloch, a Splash Canyon investor, said.
Despite the potential, the project has not been without problems. Investors pulled out of the original opening day, which was Memorial Day of this year. The opening is now set for 2013. People who had purchased a season pass were refunded.
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