Work resumes on Henderson water park; Cowabunga Bay lists late May opening

A view of the Cowabunga Bay water park on Galleria Road in Henderson Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Construction crews are back to work at the delayed Cowabunga Bay Water Park in Henderson.

The 23-acre attraction at Gibson Road and Galleria Drive is slated to open May 24, according to its website.

The 1960s beach-themed water park was supposed to open by Memorial Day weekend 2013, but developer Shane Huish said in April that Cowabunga Bay was only half completed and would open in spring 2014 instead.

Cowabunga Bay Water Park Site

A view of the Cowabunga Bay water park on Galleria Road in Henderson Thursday, June 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »

He said work crews ran into caliche — a concrete-like mix of hardened calcium carbonate, gravel, sand, clay and silt — 15 feet below the ground. He also cited a delay in importing a custom-made water slide from Europe.

In August, Huish sold the site for $2.3 million to Tom Welch, who once led Salt Lake City’s bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. Huish’s group had acquired the property for $4.6 million less than a year earlier.

At the time, Huish told VEGAS INC the sale put the partially built water park “in a very good position” to meet its then-planned April 2014 opening date.

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