Water park pouring concrete for wave pool

Concrete is poured to lay foundation to the 17,000-square-foot wave pool at Las Vegas’ newest attraction Wet ‘n’ Wild, a 41-acre water park expected to open in Spring of 2013, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Wet 'n' Wild Wave Pool Concrete Pour

A construction worker checks the foundation ground for the wave pool prior to a concrete pour at Las Vegas' newest attraction Wet 'n' Wild, a 41-acre water park expected to open in Spring of 2013, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Launch slideshow »

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A rendering  of the Splash Island attraction at the Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas water park. Launch slideshow »

On the coldest morning of the year, the operators of the Wet ‘n’ Wild water park began pouring concrete for the park’s wave pool, an attraction that is the subject of pool-naming contest.

As the sun was rising, trucks delivered concrete for the 17,000-square-foot wave pool, one of more than 25 attractions planned at the 41-acre park near the Las Vegas Beltway and Sunset Road.

The pouring of the deep end of the pool was scheduled to be completed today and the walls of the pool are expected to be completed within a few days.

Trevor Wilson, marketing director of Wet ‘n’ Wild, said crews are completing excavations for water channels, utilities, water and sewer lines, and storm drains. The park’s slides are being manufactured and will be transported to the site in February.

“Once they arrive, they usually go together pretty fast,” he said.

The majority owner, Australian entertainment conglomerate Village Roadshow Ltd., is projecting a Memorial Day opening.

The contractor is Ledcor Construction, a San Diego company with a Las Vegas office, and the slides are being built by Richmond, British Columbia-based WhiteWater West.

Wet ‘n’ Wild also announced a contest to name the wave pool.

People who “like” the park’s Facebook site or are Twitter followers are eligible to submit suggestions for names through Jan. 13. Five finalists will be posted Jan. 14, with online voting through Jan. 20, when the name with the most “likes” will be declared the winner and receive family passes to the park and VIP treatment for the grand opening.

Each of the five finalists will receive a pair of single-day admissions to the park.

If more than one contestant submits the same name, the entrant with the earliest submission will advance.

Operators already have named several of the attractions.

A 1,000-foot lazy river will be called the Colorado Cooler, and an interactive children’s area will be known as Splash Island. Two of the slides will be called the Constrictor and the Rattler.

A flume similar to an attraction recognized by The Travel Channel’s “Extreme Waterparks” television show has been named the Hoover Half Pipe.

The Wet ‘n’ Wild park is one of two under construction in the Las Vegas Valley. The other park, Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas, broke ground earlier this month near the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson.

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