The Wave Is Ready to Make a Splash in Fargo, North Dakota
February 1, 2024
Funding for the project completed and the project will start construction as soon as the frost lifts.
FARGO, ND — Ready to make a splash in North Dakota, The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort, the first new construction indoor waterpark, is opening in Fargo, North Dakota very soon. Set to open in December 2025 with soft openings, guests will be able to make their first reservation on February 1st, 2026. The Wave has finalized all plans and closed with on its final loan allowing construction to begin. The finalized cost for the project has come in at approximately $73.8 million. EPIC Companies and its investors will be the owner and developer while S&L Hospitality, a Wisconsin company that has worked on similar attractions, will manage the project.
This project has been the culmination of hard work from many consultants and the development team to find perfect niche for the area. Our goal has always been to ensure The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort is a North Dakota destination location that gathers guests from far and wide. We can’t wait to see many smiling faces walk through those doors upon openingMcKenzy Braaten, Chief Communications Officer at EPIC Companies
The Wave is a symbol of fun and relaxation for all ages and is perfectly aligned with Fargo’s growing reputation as a vibrant and family-friendly city. At the core of this fresh and exciting resort is its 50,000 square foot indoor waterpark, attracting visitors from a 180-mile radius to visit. The waterpark is not just for overnight guests; it’s open to the public too, with day passes available for purchase. This ensures that the thrill and joy of The Wave are accessible to everyone.
This extensive project has been backed by many local lenders including Bank of North Dakota (approved by the Industrial Commission), Bank Forward, First Western Bank and Trust, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, Bravera Bank, the ND Commerce Development Fund, and private investors.
We are thrilled to help fund The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort, a project we believe will not only boost the local economy through job creation and increased tourism but also enhance the quality of life in the community. This funding reflects our ongoing commitment to promoting economic development and leisure in the stateShayden Akason, the Deputy Director – Economic Development & Finance | Head of Investments and Innovation from the ND Commerce
IMAGINE Hotels by EPIC, now in the Choice Hotel Ascend Collection, seamlessly connected to The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort, creates the ideal accommodation for our guests and visitors. This 4-story hotel boasts 135 rooms, some featuring private patios, a ground-floor restaurant with a lounge, dedicated meeting spaces, party rooms, a family entertainment center, high-speed internet, and complimentary parking. From standard rooms that cater to solo travelers or business guests, to family suites designed for larger groups, each accommodation type is thoughtfully designed to enhance the guest experience, combining comfort with a touch of aquatic fun.
We are one step closer to getting The Wave Waterpark Resort in Fargo with finishing up the financing package. This will be the largest indoor waterpark in the tri-state area and will be a great addition to the greater Fargo area and North Dakota, we are excited to be a part of it.Eric Lund, CEO/President of S&L Hospitality
The resort isn’t just about the waterpark. Guests can enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment options. The on-site restaurant and bar offer an exceptional dining experience, while the Family Entertainment Center, complete with mini bowling and other games, is perfect for family fun. For those with a sweet tooth, the Confectionary has an array of treats, and the Snack Shack is ideal for quick bites. The waterpark’s Tiki Bar provides a relaxed spot for adults, and the Kidz Club is a creative space for arts and crafts, catering to younger guests.
The Wave Waterpark Resort is exactly the kind of development that I love to see driving Fargo forward. It’s an exciting, family-oriented amenity that both metro residents and visitors will enjoy. As a year-round destination, this resort will draw tourists from all over, adding fuel to Fargo’s economic engine.Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor of Fargo
A large goal of the team at EPIC Companies is working with many local non-profits to allow them to utilize The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort with reduced and/or free day passes. The waterpark will be a large support to multiple hotels in the area with a Wave Runner bus running from Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Home Depot, and Four Points by Sheraton. This will provide a connection for guests to stay at additional hotels nearby and still enjoy what The Wave has to offer.
The Wave is more than a destination – it’s an experience where fun and comfort meet, making it an ideal choice for families, couples, and solo adventurers. As Fargo continues to evolve and attract visitors, The Wave stands as a testament to the city’s lively spirit and commitment to providing meaningful and memorable experiences.
The Wave Waterpark Resort will be a game-changer for visitors to Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo. Based on my long-term, anecdotal research, residents and visitors alike have been asking for a waterpark for a long time, and I know it will be a popular place when it’s up and running!Charley Johnson, Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO/President
The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort is a part of a larger vision that EPIC Companies created called EOLA by EPIC. EOLA is comprised of the first building called MAKT that has condos, commercial space, and apartments opening this winter. EOLA also has a 4-acre park in the middle that will cater to the larger community including an ice rink, stage, art/culture elements, walking paths, and more. This a commitment to continually enhance the communities that EPIC develops in and further their mission.
EPIC will be hosting a large groundbreaking event for The Wave by EPIC Waterpark Resort open to the public this spring. To stay up to date on all things about The Wave visit TheWavebyEPIC.com and follow us on social media at facebook.com/TheWavebyEPIC.
About EPIC Companies
EPIC Companies is a local company that entails investment, development, and management. The firm works towards raising capital, developing projects, and managing property to enhance their communities. EPIC Companies manages over 1,000+ apartment rental units and over 375,000 square feet of commercial space in the Fargo-Moorhead, Jamestown, Bismarck, Grand Forks, West Fargo, and Minot, ND along with Perham, MN. For more information, visit EPICCompaniesND.com.
About S&L Hospitality
S&L Hospitality™ is a privately held hotel and resort development and management company with a niche in indoor waterparks resorts, and is headquartered in Verona, Wisconsin. The company is comprised of hotel and waterpark resort industry experts with prior experience developing and managing more than one billion dollars in indoor waterpark resorts and hotels, over 100,000 square-feet of conference and meeting space, and six high-end spas. Their award-winning, hands-on philosophy and management style supports their mission to deliver a first-class guest experience, driven by superior strategic operations, sales, and marketing. For more information, visit slhosp.com.
About EOLA by EPIC
EOLA is a master-planned development located at the center of Fargo in Anderson Park, just south of I-94 and right off 45th St. South. Everything you need is at EOLA including commercial & office space, condos of all sizes, and apartments. Recommended by the Fargo Park District, EPIC is taking an underutilized parcel of land and is creating it into a destination for family, youth, and adults. EOLA will be an international flavor, featuring countries from around the world. EOLA is Greek for the word “violet”. The seven rays of light that make up the violet color will be transformed into the representation of seven countries, familiar with the ancestry of the region. EPIC Companies looks forward to developing this project over the next five years with our friends in the Fargo metro community. For more information visit www.EOLAFargo.com
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McKenzy Braaten, Chief Communications Officer