EPIC Companies announces plan to build North Dakota's largest water park in Fargo
The Wave by EPIC will feature a lazy river, slides, a kids splash pad, an activity pool and more.
FARGO — In what many will consider a brilliant marketing move, EPIC Companies of West Fargo released renderings and details Wednesday, July 20, for the hotel and indoor water park it plans to build along 45th Street in Fargo. Few things sound better than a water park in the middle of a summer heat wave.
But residents will have to be patient. The project is not expected to be completed until the fall of 2024.
Water Park and Hotel Director Eric Goolst talked with The Forum Thursday, July 21, about what people can expect. The Boston native has had a long career in hospitality, most recently with Great Wolf Lodges in the Wisconsin Dells and Chicago.
Goolst is now overseeing the design and construction of a 125-room hotel, 5-story parking ramp and 45,000-square-foot water park included in the EOLA Park by EPIC development along 45th Street in south Fargo.
EPIC purchased 17 acres of Park District land for the project in 2020. In addition to the hotel, parking ramp and water park, the development will include multiple mixed-use buildings, similar to The Lights in West Fargo.
While the hotel doesn't yet have a "flag" or brand, Goolst said he can confirm it will have 125 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, meeting rooms and an arcade.
The hotel will be attached via a walkway to the parking ramp and water park.
At 45,000 square feet, Goolst said The Wave by EPIC water park will be the largest in North Dakota.
"We want to make this for not just the city, but the region and the state," Goolst said. "I think we have opportunities where some folks in Grand Forks or maybe the Twin Cities area might come to us. We're trying to make this a full-fledged destination."
The Wave by EPIC will feature a zero-depth splash pad for its youngest visitors. It will also feature what Goolst calls a "play station," which he describes as similar to a jungle gym with accessories such as water guns. There will also be an activity pool where swimmers can play basketball and other games.
Wave by EPIC will also include multiple slides, including a drop slide where a trap door will open, dropping swimmers into a what he calls a "toilet bowl" and ultimately into the pool.
There will also be a lazy river, where swimmers can take a relaxing float around the park.
And, in something new to the water park industry, Wave by EPIC have a Ninja Warrior-type feature with structures that kids can climb and compete on.
The water park will also rent large rooms for parties as well as cabanas for smaller families and groups.
"We're still working on the design, but we'll probably have six to 10 of those. Think of them as a little tent area. They're private. They'll have a TV, refrigerator, towels, a few lounge chairs and maybe a water-proof couch," he said.
The water park will also house a snack bar and gift shop, where attendees can pick up anything from Tylenol to bathing suits and flip-flops.
Goolst wants readers to know the water park is not just for hotel guests.
"This is for everybody. You can come here for the day," he said. "And we're planning to work with nonprofits and children-focused organizations to allow people of all ages and income levels to come in and use the water park."