PERRYVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. has broken ground on its newest indoor water park in Perryville, officials said Tuesday.

The 126,000-square-foot Great Wolf Lodge Maryland, with 700 family-friendly suites, will be the brand’s 20th in North America and its largest, officials said in a statement. The park will sit on 48 acres on the western edge of Cecil County and is expected to open in mid-to-late 2023.

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Officials estimate 2,000 people could be hired to build the $250 million resort. When it opens, 850 jobs in engineering, information technology, lifeguards, housekeepers and other sectors needed to run the park will be available.

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“As we look to expand the Great Wolf Lodge experience to new markets, we are excited to place our newest resort in Perryville, Maryland and provide Mid-Atlantic families with an easy, carefree escape where kids and parents will laugh, play and have joy-filled adventures together,” Murray Hennessy, Chief Executive Officer for Great Wolf Resorts, said in a statement. “Being a short driving distance from several key markets makes Perryville an ideal location for a Great Wolf Lodge. With the tremendous support from the state, county and town, as well as our shareholders Blackstone and Centerbridge Partners, we’re excited to make this resort a reality. We’re eager to be a part of this community and to help contribute to its continued growth and prosperity.”

This article was originally published on July 20, 2021.

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