The Whitewater Wave will be a world-class river wave – perfect for a broad range of river adventurers from novices to whitewater experts. To be sited adjacent to Riverside Park and along the new greenway, it will be created from a carefully designed and engineered ledge feature, made of natural rock and concrete, and installed in the riverbed. A preliminary design and feasibility study was completed for the Wave project in the fall of 2016, and can be viewed here.
The project’s design consultant, of S2o Design and Engineering, indicates that the could be very similar to the Camp Hill Surf park project they designed on the Hawea River in New Zealand. Great video of that wave, available on YouTube, is linked here.
To learn more about successful whitewater parks in other parts of the US, check out this article in Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Planning, Design, and Timeline
A Conceptual Design and Feasibility study was completed by H2o Design and Engineering in September of 2016. A copy of that report can be reviewed here.
Surveying and a flood/hydrology are currently underway. Final design and permitting will occur through 2018, with construction slated for the summer of 2019.
Costs and Funding
Costs for the Wave project are currently estimated at $1.6 million. A portion of the funding will come from the $4.5 million bond approved by Woodfin voters in November of 2016. In June of 2017, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority approved funding of $600,000 for the Wave. Additional funding is being sought from private foundations and other sources.