Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Adrenaline Adventures To Open In Headingley
Above pictures are examples of cable wakeboarding from Europe and elsewhere.
Camsur Watersports Complex in the Philippines, the world-class wakeboarding park
Manitoba is one of the provinces that has been known for some great wakeboardering over the years. It is one of the advantages of having so many lakes and rivers. However, it has not been as great a place for training or opening up the sport to ever greater numbers of people due to the costs of boating.
However, now it has been reported in a variety of places that construction has begun on a wakeboarding cable park just outside city limits at Roblin Blvd and the Perimeter Highway.
Cable parks in wakeboarding have been limited to Quebec which not surprisingly trained some of Canada's best in wakeboarding.
The gold standard in cable wakeboarding in the world is the Camsur Watersports Complex in the Philippines. Apparently, the Winnipeg facility is the match or better of that park which has hosted quite a few international competitions.
Future look at the cable park just outside the city.
The park is not limited to summer sports. At $5 million of all private money, success depends on getting people there in winter as well. As such, winter snow tubing is expected to open just before Christmas. Using cables to pull tubes up a man-made hill, the snow slide will be the closest facility of this kind to the city.
The multi-year building program anticipates a skating rink on the huge man-made lake looking onward to 2011-2012.
In the summer, the 20 hectare site is to be transformed into the cable wakeboard park and a rope climbing course. A beach is also part of the plans.
The young family with a background in construction developments is enthusiastic and has a can-do attitude. Heck, even though the site is just outside of Winnipeg, you can imagine what they might do with the $7 million for an indoor waterpark that Sam Katz has had sitting in city coffers doing nothing the last few years.
No government moment has been used for this project which seems to have a sound business plan and a product not offered anywhere else.