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Surf’s up: New water park will ‘bring the ocean to Arizona.’ Here’s what you can do there

KiMi Robinson Arizona Republic

A beach oasis is in the works to “bring the ocean to Arizona.”

Cannon Beach Developers is set to break ground on a 37-acre water park and mixed-use project on Tuesday, March 30, at Power and Warner roads in Mesa.

The design and development for Cannon Beach have been in the works for more than two years, according to a press release.

Revel Surf, a 3.3-acre surf lagoon, is planned for a May 2022 opening. The rest of the development, which includes a hotel, office space and eateries, will open at a later date. The list of tenants has yet to be announced.

The surf lagoon will feature new technology that “will create a more natural surfing lineup with a peak wave rather than a right-session-only or left-session-only option as found in many of today’s wave pools,” according to the release.

Nearby, a new multi-use development in Gilbert called Epicenter is planning to open some businesses later this year. Spinato’s Pizzeria, Matt’s Big Breakfast, tiki-inspired cocktail bar UnderTow and Bunky Boutique are among the restaurants, bars and stores that plan to open there in late 2021 and early 2022.