Is There an Indoor Waterpark in Phoenix?

Waveyard Promised Indoor Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking and More in Mesa

The Waveyard, with indoor surfing in Arizona never materialized.
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One might think that a major metropolitan city, one of the largest in the country, that is located in the desert and experiences about five months of sweltering heat would have indoor waterparks in addition to the existing outdoor waterparks. At one point that dream seemed it would become a reality, but sadly it did not.

What was/is Waveyard?

In 2006 it was announced that a mega water park was going to be built in Arizona. In 2007 the voters of Mesa, Arizona voted to offer the Riverview Golf course in Mesa and several adjacent ball fields to a local real estate developer who intended to build a 125-acre mega water sports facility. Upon completion, Waveyard would include an artificial whitewater river with Class 2 to Class 4 rapids, an artificial beach, a simulated ocean capable of producing different size waves for surfers and boogie boarders, a scuba lagoon, a snorkeling pond, and a rock-climbing center, a huge indoor water park, restaurants, shopping, a spa, and a hotel and conference center.

Where was the Waveyard site?

It is at the southeast corner of the Loops 101 & 202 interchange near Mesa Riverview and Bass Pro Shops.

So, what happened to Waveyard in Arizona?

The recession. The financing never happened. In September 2009 the Mesa City Council granted Waveyard an additional 18 months get its financing together, estimated at somewhere between $250 million and $750 million. That extension expired in July 2011.

What is on that property now?

The Chicago Cubs built a 100-acre spring training complex, Sloan Park, on the site.

As of this writing, there is no indoor water park in Greater Phoenix. As new information becomes public about any plans to build an indoor waterpark in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area comes to my attention, I will add it here.