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Wet ‘n’ Wild unveils new name, hiring plans

Updated March 18, 2022 - 11:08 am

Following an ownership change last year, Wet ‘n’ Wild unveiled its new name and logo Friday.

The waterpark is now Cowabunga Canyon, similar to its now-affiliated park in Henderson, Cowabunga Bay.

Located on Fort Apache Road near Warm Springs Road in the southwest Las Vegas Valley, the newly renamed park opened in 2013, nearly a decade after the popular Wet ‘n Wild on the Strip closed in 2004 amid Southern Nevada’s real estate boom.

It boasts more than 25 slides and attractions, including the Tornado, a slide that “catapults riders to a zero gravity experience,” according to its Facebook page.

“Today, we say goodbye again to the Wet ‘n’ Wild name here in Vegas; thankfully, though, that’s good news this time, because today we are introducing Cowabunga Canyon,” Shane Huish, an owner of the park, said Friday.

Texas waterpark operator Pyek Group announced in November that it invested in a new partnership that will own Cowabunga Bay and Wet ‘n’ Wild, saying at the time that the latter, located at the southern edge of Summerlin, would reopen as Cowabunga Canyon in 2022.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“It makes sense to create synergy under the same Cowabunga brand since both waterparks will be owned and operated by the same company,” Pyek Group President Evan Barnett said in the release.

Both parks are looking to fill more than 1,000 seasonal positions, according to a news release Friday, which said Cowabunga would now become the largest employer of youth in the Las Vegas area.

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