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County promises to help with traffic problems near Wet 'n' Wild


County promises to help with traffic problems near Wet 'n' Wild

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED May 31, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- On a hot day, the water at Wet 'n' Wild is a big draw. But before they get in line, many visitors end up parking in neighborhoods around the attraction near Fort Apache and Warm Springs. 

Memorial Day Weekend brought thousands of visitors to the new water park, crowding local streets.

"It was beyond anything I've ever seen before. It was incredibly busy," said Michael Kneipp, who lives across from the park. 

He hopes this weekend won't be like the last. 

"I think it's been improving a lot and the developer's coming around. He's explained that he's putting in a lot of effort to rectify the situation, so I'm excited about that," said Kneipp.

A traffic study was done before the park opened, but County Commissioner Susan Brager said the county is ordering that a new study be completed to see if further changes are needed. 

The county is already planning two additional signals south of the park. But Brager also wants to explore some sort of traffic signal to allow children from a nearby middle school to cross, and possibly a new access road for the school on the west side. 

"No Parking" signs are now posted throughout the area, and the park is paying for Metro police to return this weekend to help with traffic. In a statement, Wet 'n' Wild told Action News the park will work with the county on the study and communicate with visitors on where to park. 

"I take it very seriously," Brager said. "Things I can't change are wind and cold water. But as far as parking situations, traffic, we will absolutely diligently work on that." 

Park officials said the county study could start by June. They expect things to stay busy in the first few weeks as school lets out and summer officially begins.