The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Rich Laden

The Great Wolf Lodge on Colorado Springs’ far north side is set to open 10 days ear­lier than ex­pected.

The sprawl­ing re­sort, an­chored by a 311-room, all-suite ho­tel and a 50,000-square-foot in­door wa­ter park, will open at 4 p.m. Dec. 16.

Great Wolf is be­ing de­vel­oped by Wis­con­sin-based Great Wolf Re­sorts.

The fam­ily-themed re­sort is part of the In­terQuest Mar­ket­place re­tail cen­ter, east of In­ter­state 25 and In­terQuest Park­way. Great Wolf pur­chased the par­tially com­pleted Re­nais­sance ho­tel that had stood idle for years, then com­pleted it and added the wa­ter park.

Other re­sort ameni­ties will in­clude a 20,000-square-foot, in­door en­ter­tain­ment area with minia­ture golf, mini bowl­ing, ar­cade games, a climb­ing wall and ropes course; gift shops; and eight ar­eas for din­ing and drinks. Great Wolf also will have a 20,000-square-foot con­fer­ence cen­ter.

The wa­ter park will be avail­able for use only by ho­tel guests, but the re­sort’s play area and other ameni­ties are open to the pub­lic for a fee. The pub­lic also is wel­come at Great Wolf ’s res­tau­rants.

The re­sort will em­ploy about 400 peo­ple.

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