ST. GEORGE – The Red Rock Wake Park will open its new facility to the public June 17, and plans to have its grand opening gala on July 28.
The grand opening will bring pro riders to kick off a showcasing of all the park has to offer the wake boarding community, both professional and enthusiast.
The park has been two years in the making and is part of a master plan community called Desert Canyons, which is in its first phase of development.
The master development has been a concept since 2004, said Curt Gordon said, one of the three owners of the wake board park.
Gordon said the development is being built and centered around a sports center theme rather than a golf course community. It will include housing and condominium tracts, as well as hotels and motels to provide lodging for visitors. The community and visitors will enjoy not only the water park, but the new St. George Motocross Park, SGMX, and a host of other sports venues like soccer and baseball fields.
“We’re looking to be an extreme sports attraction,” Gordon said.
The park is currently in its final stages of its first phase and is awaiting final inspections and business license approval, Gordon said.
Phase one consists of two ponds, one for beginners and one for advanced riders. Both are equipped with a Sesitec pulley system which will pull riders up to 25 mph across the pond. The advanced pond will have rails, kickers, and sliders for performing tricks.
Gordon said he and the other two owners, Travis Olsen and Thane Aubrey, plan to include other features such as a skim board park, a zip line, a rental center, and a pro shop.
To the south of the first two ponds, which separately hold roughly 8 million gallons of water each, is a larger pond under construction which will hold 20 million gallons of water and allow riders to be pulled by a six-tower system all the way around the pond.
Gordon said the rights for the water were acquired with the purchase of the land from the Leucadia Corporation and the water itself comes from a well roughly a mile away and is on a separate aquifer that includes Arizona.
When asked about water loss and replenishment issues due to evaporation, Gordon was able to show the current loss by pointing to a water line in the pond, but was not certain of the actual numbers at this time.
The current cost of the project is $1 million, Gordon said.
The current capacity is about 20 riders per hour with a maximum of 200 riders per day.
Admission will be based on a rate of $20 dollars for a two-hour session.
The park is located directly south of the St. George Airport and will be open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information visit the Red Rock Wake Park website.
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