Arizonans who were looking forward to Tempe’s Big Surf Waterpark grand reopening after the pandemic and planned to spend hot summer days cooling off at the Waterpark are out of luck.
Big Surf Waterpark’s website and social media have remained quiet for over a year and a half, and sadly the new activity buzz from the long time summertime staple are plans to sell, resulting in the valley establishment not reopening.
The Tempe waterpark did not open for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, only offering customers drive-in movies, in which they could social distance.
The following summer in 2021, the waterpark did not reopen for the summer season as expected.
Online auction house SAM Auctions hosted a liquidation auction selling off a hundreds of assets from the Big Surf Waterpark, including swimming tubes, slides, boogie boards, bike racks, surf merchandise, lifeguard apparel, festive signs, slides, tiki totems, surfboards, floaties and more. The online auction was completed Wednesday.
Located off of Loop 202 and McClintock, Big Surf, made its debut in 1969 and featured the first wave pool in the U.S. It is unclear what will happen to the waterpark.