Outdoor surf park, with wave pools, proposed for Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. (CBS46) – Cobb County has Truist Park, Fulton County has Mercedes Benz Stadium, and now Forsyth County is working to attract more visitors and residents with something big that stands is clean.

There are major developments in the works in the area that could have a lot of people heading north from Georgia, including a 10-acre spa resort, a 60-acre private athletic training center and proposals for a water park for surfers that would feature wave pools.

“The centerpiece is the surfable wave pool. So just like you do in the ocean, you’re rowing in a wave, lifting and rolling for 11 to 12 seconds or more,” said ATL surfing founder Spencer Broome, who is working with Forsyth County Commissioners on his proposal.

The idea is to build an outdoor adventure park for surfers and water enthusiasts who may not have the luck or time to go to the beach. Broome says they targeted Forsyth County because of its easy access to I-75, I-85 and Georgia State Route 400.

The surf park should also have a hotel, camping areas and also an amphitheater for live music.

“It brings us closer to many active sports enthusiasts who are found on the shores of Lake Lanier. But a big part of our vision is to connect everyone, the greater Atlanta area with the joy of riding the waves in the future, people who have never experienced it before,” said Broome.

Forsyth County commissioners say Surf ATL isn’t the only attraction moving; Winners Circle Park, a 60-acre multi-sport campus in Cumming is in the works for next year.

“Basketball, volleyball, cheering, esports, athletic coaching, athletic mentoring, with names like Tom Glavine, which is absolutely fantastic,” said Forsyth County Commission Chairman Alfred John.

The department is growing rapidly.

“For many years, Forsyth County has been a great place for people to come and raise their families. And over the years, the Board of Commissioners has created a landscape and a backdrop for businesses to come here,” John said.

Also in Cumming, a plan approved last week for a 10-acre “hot springs” resort along Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

Springs and Spa Passport should have hot springs, mud and clay pools inspired by destinations around the world.

“It was an area that was growing. It was an area where we thought the community would like something like this,” said Jacob Block, CEO of Passport Springs.

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