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WATER PARK: Commissioner sees Wet 'n' Wild success

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 5/01 9:06 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Wet 'N' Wild water park has been overflowing with people in its opening season. There have been complaints as well, mostly about overcrowding.

The Escovedo family visits often, in part because they can walk there. Joe Escovedo said he bought a season pass before they sold out, and the family has found a way around the long lines, too.

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“We spend more of our time in the Lazy River, the wave pool,” he said. “We don't care.”

Families across the valley have been waiting for a new water park for nearly a decade ever since the old Wet 'N' Wild closed to make room for Strip development.

Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager said she believes the new park is a success.

The project was initially approved for 1,500 visitors, but the county's set capacity is 6,000, which may explain why parking is tight and the lines are long.

A new traffic study is being done, in part because park-goers have been congesting nearby neighborhoods.

Brager predicts changes will come but notes that crosswalks may come more quickly than new signals.

Wet 'N' Wild representatives declined to go on camera for this story but issued a statement asking that park-goers with complaints to contact them directly.

Village Roadshow, the company that owns Wet 'N' Wild, also has additional land. It may be able to expand during the off-season. In addition, the Southern Nevada Health District also was involved in the approval process, overseeing bathrooms and the selling of concessions.


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