GARDEN GROVE, CA—Great Wolf Resorts Inc. broke ground this week on Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, a 600-room indoor waterpark resort here. City Council member Steve Jones from the City of Garden Grove; Chad McWhinney, CEO and co-founder of McWhinney; Mayor Bruce Broadwater; and Kimberly Schaefer, CEO of Great Wolf Resorts, gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the brand’s 13th resort.
Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will be located within the Grove District in one of the region’s most popular tourist areas at 12681 Harbor Blvd., bringing a new destination for families to the area. The indoor waterpark resort, which will offer more than 600 suites, will feature a wide variety of entertainment offerings, dining options and amenities for the whole family under one roof.
The centerpiece of the resort will be a more-than-100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark featuring signature Great Wolf Lodge water rides and attractions including a six-story Howlin’ Tornado, a Wolf Tail slide with a 360-degree loop, Slap Tail Pond wave pool and Fort Mackenzie, a mult-level interactive treehouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket.
Great Wolf did not respond to GlobeSt.com for comment before deadline on the resort’s total construction costs, anticipated delivery date or why Garden Grove was chosen as the spot for the resort.
Parks and water have been the theme of late for other areas of Southern California. As GlobeSt.com reported earlier this week, thousands of San Diego residents and visitors turned out May 10th for a day-long grand opening of the new San Diego County Administration Center Waterfront Park, located on a prime, 12-acre site along Pacific Coast Highway between Ash and Grape streets in downtown San Diego. The $49.4-million project, which converted 8-acre, on-grade parking lots north and south of the historic Administration Center and the immediate outdoor areas west and east of the building to a 12-acre community and regional open space amenity, encompasses a promenade, two expansive greens, themed specialty gardens, plazas and terraces, a picnic area, shade trees and palm groves, a large children’s playground and public restrooms. It also includes a single-level, subterranean parking garage located off Ash Street that accommodates 251 cars.