Former Salt Lake City Olympics leader Tom Welch has come to the rescue of a financially troubled water park in suburban Las Vegas.
Welch, now living in Park City, became a major investor in Cowabunga Bay Water Park in Henderson after its ownership team had difficulty securing the financing needed to complete the $23 million project. The park will feature a 33,000-square-foot wave pool, water slides, a lazy-flowing river and a multi-lane racing slide all within a 1960s beach theme.
"It's really an interesting project," said Welch, noting he has several business projects in the works but is a newcomer to the world of water parks. "I don't plan on playing a day-to-day role in the business. The people who will run it are operators. They know what they're doing."