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
The Wave will be integrated into the planned expansion of Riverside Park.
Planning, Design, and Timeline
Surveying and a flood/hydrology analysis were added in 2017. A copy of the resulting report can be found here. This analysis resulted in the refinement of siting of the Wave feature and determined the type of structure that could be utilized. Final design and permitting will occur through 2020, with construction slated for the summer of 2021. The Wave will be designed and constructed in conjunction with the expansion of Riverside Park.
Costs and Funding
Costs for the Wave project are currently estimated at $2.2 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.