Massive ‘Wave Garden’ Park Will Create Up to 1,000 Waves an Hour for Surfers of All Skill Levels
By Sade Teel // September 29, 2020
200-acre Willow Lakes community will feature 800 residential houses, 600 hotel rooms
FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA – Developers who have owned land in Fort Pierce since 2004 are currently moving forward with construction plans to build the world’s latest “WaveGarden” surrounded by a live-work community, according to a report in TCPalm.com.
“The centerpiece of the village will be a “massive swimming pool-like area that creates up to 1,000 waves an hour” for surfers of all skill levels, according to the report.
The 200-acre Willow Lakes community is said to feature 800 residential houses, 600 hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of retail space, 125,000 of office space, and thousands of potential jobs.
The estimated construction cost of the new “Willow Lakes” village is expected to cost $595 million, with the first phase of construction beginning in the third quarter of 2021, according to developers.
The first phase would feature the WaveGarden, food, and beverage facilities.
The surfing center itself, “Surfworks Resorts” is expected to create more than 130 jobs and roughly a $15 million economic impact annually, according to a study by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.
The project is expected to create about 3,400 jobs during construction and nearly 1,900 jobs annually, according to the Economic Development Council.
City commissioners unanimously approved the first phase of widespread zoning changes to begin the construction for the Willow Lakes development near interstate 95.