TEMPE, AZ — Big Surf Water Park in Tempe will not open for the 2021 summer season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, marking back-to-back seasons that the water park will remain closed.
"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 said it plans to open for the 2022 season.
For those looking to beat the heat -- as the Valley is forecasted to reach 100 degrees for the first time this year -- other water parks are open including 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.
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Most outdoor city-owned 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 does recommend that people continue to limit close contact with others while at these venues.
Some water parks do have their COVID-19 safety protocols in place, such as requiring masks, limiting attendance, and online reservations. Make sure to check the website or call ahead for the latest safety information.