Couple building $5-M tubing hill, wakeboard park
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This article was published 29/11/2010 (4454 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A new all-season fun park is coming to town — and its developers are doing it without any government funding, incentives or tax breaks.
Adrenaline Adventures opens soon on a 20-hectare site with a huge, high-speed tubing hill. Runs will be 200 metres long and the hill will be groomed and iced for speed.
In summer, the site will be a wakeboard park. A cable system will be used in place of power boats to pull skiers.
The $5-million park is the brainchild of Jason and Michelle Rohs.
“We’ve got a young family. We’re now in that head space where you’re looking for things for the kids to do, and our entrepreneurial minds started thinking,” Rohs said.
Other than Fun Mountain, he said there’s little of the kind of fun park they’ll offer in the capital region.
The site will also include a rope course and artificial beach.
The tubing hill, complete with a tow rope, is first up. Rohs hopes it can open by Dec. 23.
Construction began four days ago and will run 24/7 until completion. The site is on the west Perimeter between Roblin Boulevard and Wilkes Avenue in the Rural Municipality of Headingley.
The hill will be 12 metres high and about 30.5 metres wide. The tubing hill will have separate lanes so people will not be chaotically running into each other. There will be a minimum of five lanes. Tubes will be supplied.
As of Saturday, after just three days of construction, the hill was already 4.5 metres high. In the future, Rohs plans to place a skating rink on the site’s man-made lake. The lake will use water from two on-site wells and water will be purified. It will include a beach.
When it opens next summer, it will be the first cable wakeboard park in Canada. Boarders will be pulled along by an overhead cable system.
“This is absolutely huge in the wakeboarding industry,” Rohs said. He already has an offer to host the World Cup of wakeboarding in 2011 and 2012. The wakeboarding World Cup has never been held in North America.
“We saw a need for a faster, more exciting water park,” he said.
Rohs and his wife are in real estate and development with their company, Jaymic Development. Previous projects included a 16-lot subdivision in Charleswood called Brittany Drive.
Updated on Monday, November 29, 2010 9:26 AM CST: Corrects spelling of Adrenaline Adventures.