Jackson’s Adventure Crossing will provide refuge for surfers

JACKSON, NJ — Surfers looking for the perfect waves might want to look inland, where a massive surfing wave pool is in the works.

the wave pool for surfers is part of the third phase of construction and approved projects at the Adventure Crossing USA resort in Jackson. The Jackson Township Board of Adjustment approved the third phase of the project two weeks ago, NJ.com reported.

Adventure across the United States was first approved in 2018 as a three-phase project with plans for a nearly 300-acre sports and entertainment complex on Monmouth Road near Six Flags Great Adventure, the vision of South Jersey developer Vito Cardinale .

Outdoor sports fields are already open and used for tournaments and leagues. This room includes four full-size courts, eight half-size courts, a clubhouse with a large kitchen, two observation decks, a referee’s room, two announcer booths, a VIP suite and a team room . Additionally, there is a life-size concert stage which should provide music and entertainment.

The second phase will include a 3-acre indoor sports complex, Top Golf facility, laser tag, virtual reality arcade, bowling alley, hotels and conference center, and restaurants according to the website. Some of these facilities were originally scheduled to open in 2020, but faced delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 1 million square feet of warehouse space was approved in March 2021 as an addition to the site, NJ.com reported.

The piece approved two weeks ago will feature a 5.5-acre man-made surf lagoon, according to the description provided to the Jackson Planning Board. The lagoon will be surrounded by restaurants, retail businesses and other resort amenities, according to the description.

The surf lagoon would provide waves for surfers of all skill levels, with over 500 waves per hour, while controlling access to limit crowding. The surf center would also include a beach club, restaurant and bar, cafe, changing rooms, event space and a surf academy, according to the presentation.

The phase also consists of include more than 400 apartments and 62,000 square feet of retail space, the Asbury Park Press reported.

It also includes a cogeneration plant to provide the electricity needed to run the facility, NJ.com reported. Residents expressed concerns about the potential environmental impacts of the cogeneration plant, but the zoning board voted 6 to 1 to approve, NJ.com reported.

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