City and company officials shovel the first bit of earth in a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.
A model of the planned Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson, Nev.
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The land is undeveloped, but with the start of the construction of a 23-acre water park in Henderson, hundreds of construction and seasonal jobs are expected to be created.
During a groundbreaking ceremony at the future Cowabunga Bay water park Tuesday, Splash Management general manager Ben Howell said he expects the park and its 30 attractions to be finished by next summer.
"I've built this thing time after time in my head, but it's once you put the shovel in the ground and start to have equipment on site that it really starts making it all come to life," Howell said.
He said hundreds of construction workers will be needed to build the park, on the corner of Galleria Drive and Gibson Road, including those in excavation, plumbing, concrete and building.
Water park executive Shane Huish said he's been waiting for a chance to build a location in the Las Vegas area.
"You've got great weather, you've got people starving for entertainment, you've kind of got the tourists in your back pocket, even though we want to build it for the locals," Huish said. "There's really nothing wrong with it."
Vruyr Keshishian has been working at his family's restaurant for the last seven years. He said he wants a water park to cool off in the summer and for the extra business it'll bring to the area.
"I always wanted a water park here," he said. "It's always like that, events out here, when they have them, we get busier."
Customers won't be allowed to bring in food from the outside, but the park will have two restaurants. The restaurants and the other positions at the park will employ about 500 seasonal workers.
Construction won't be evident for a while, Howell said.
"A lot of it's underground, but it won't be long and all of a sudden and in a quick time frame you'll see these slides pop up," he said.