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Great Wolf Lodge Breaks Ground in SRPMIC

(L-R) SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier, Great Wolf Lodge Chief Development Officer Greg Miller, Great Wolf mascot, SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray Sr., Council members Michael Dallas, Thomas Largo and Ricardo Leonard at the official Great Wolf Lodge groundbreaking on January 19.

A massive indoor water park and resort destination is coming to the thriving business corridor of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Community leaders took part in the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona groundbreaking on land near Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on January 19. The 350-room family resort will be built on an 18-acre site just west of the popular spring training facility, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. It will include an 85,000-square-foot indoor water park and a 27,000-square-foot family entertainment center.

The resort is expected to open in the second half of 2019 and will be the company’s 18th resort. The resort, which will join the growing Pavilions at Talking Stick, advertises itself as North America’s largest family indoor water park resort. Great Wolf Lodge recently opened locations in Colorado and Minnesota, and it has one location in Canada.

SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray Sr. officially welcomed Great Wolf Lodge to the Community at the groundbreaking. Talks of the partnership were initiated about two years ago, he said.

A photo rendering of the main entrance to the Great Wolf Lodge. The 350-room family resort hosted a groundbreaking in The Pavilions at Talking Stick, along Pima Road and near Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The resort is expected to open in the second half of 2019.
Photo rendering courtesy of the Great Wolf Lodge.
“As you know, the Talking Stick Entertainment District has become a flourishing destination for families all over,” Ray said. “The addition of Great Wolf Lodge will only strengthen our position as a credible family destination. It will join other family-friendly destinations, such as Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, TopGolf, OdySea in the Desert, and the Pavilions. As a Community, we are proud to support tourism and economic development in the state and are equally proud of bringing employment opportunities to our residents.”

SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier opened the groundbreaking with a prayer, and Council member Ricardo Leonard shared a traditional song. Council members Thomas Largo and Michael Dallas were also in attendance.

“I think the word that is kind of being thrown around out here today is ‘exciting,’ and it really is an exciting morning as we gather for this special occasion,” Harvier said.

The groundbreaking attracted a handful of reporters from Valley TV news stations and more than 100 people.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, which will sit on the northeast corner of Pima Road and Hummingbird Lane, will include a variety of dining options like Dunkin’ Donuts and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The resort also offers conference and meeting space.

Greg Miller, Great Wolf Lodge chief development officer, said that even though Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be the company’s 18th property, each resort is a unique experience. Miller revealed publicly for the first time a rendering of the resort.

“When you get to know Great Wolf a little bit better, you’ll know we are all about family,” Miller said. “What makes us unique isn’t only that dedication and focus to families, it’s also the experiences we offer.”

To see what Great Wolf Lodge has to offer and a preview of what’s to come to the Community, visit