As Arizona businesses work to overcome their substantial losses from last year’s closures, one long time staple in the valley has announced they will not reopen this year.
Marking back-to-back closed seasons, Big Surf Water Park in Tempe will not open for the 2021 summer season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to the uncertainty of where the global health crisis and the associated social distancing that is currently going on, Big Surf Waterpark is announcing that it will remain closed for the 2021 season,” said a news release, dated April 21, and posted to the water park’s website.
Despite being allowed to reopen as restrictions have been lifted in the state, Big Surf said it was “very concerned with how the social distancing guidelines would significantly affect the quality of the Big Surf Experience and limit interaction with many of the attractions,” according to the letter.
Big Surf announced it plans to open for the 2022 season.
As we inch towards triple digits soon, for those looking to beat the heat, there are other options to cool off in the valley. The following water parks are open: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Glendale, Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, Great Wolf Lodge on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix. In addition, Salt River Tubing is set to open for the season on Saturday, May 1st.
Most outdoor city pools are not set to open until mid to late May. Chandler will open some of its pools on May 13.
Peoria will open its Peoria and Sunrise pools on May 24 (Centennial to remain closed).
Gilbert, Mesa, and Phoenix are set to open their pools on May 29.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus can spread through water at pools, splash pads, hot tubs, beaches, or lakes.
However, the CDC continues to recommend people limit close contact with others while at these type of venues.