Whitewater Parks International (WPI), has completed its third Olympic design project - the Rio 2016 Canoe Slalom competition venue and whitewater stadium - part of the Deodoro Sports Complex and one of several facilites that will remain after the Games as an adventure sports activity center known as Parque Radical or the "X-Park".

WPI has worked closely over the past three years with the Deodoro planning consortium of Vigliecca & Associates, the City of Rio de Janeiro, the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Queiroz Galvao Construction, and the International Canoe Federation to deliver what is being heralded as the best Olympic whitewater course to date. The venue has also already realized a successful pre-Games Legacy in providing recreation opportunities for surrounding communities.

The Deodoro Whitewater Stadium consists of two independently accessed channels - a Class III-IV Olympic standard competition channel that will be used for commercial rafting and other forms of whitewater recreation after the Games. There is also a Class II-III training channel that doubles as an instruction / recreation area in Legacy. The facility was completed in November 2015 and hosted the Olympic Test event directly afterwards. 

Faced with an extremely time- challenged schedule for completing the facility in advance of the 2016 Games, WPI's helped shorten design timeframes and kept construction on schedule for successful completion. The City of Rio's Sport Venues Technical Coordinator Eduardo Mazzi observed, "WPI's commitment has been essential to achieving our goals.”

After the Olympic Canoe Slalom events in 2016, "Parque Radical" will become a permanent Legacy venue that will cater to rafters, paddlers, bathers and many other forms of water-loving enthusiasts. Additionally, the Park will offer BMX and mountain biking opportunities to a host of outdoor adventurers.

At the Olympic Test Event, held in December 2015, athletes and managers praised the technical demands of the course. Simon Toulson, Secretary General of the International Canoe Federation, also had high acclaim for the completed venue. It is one of the best in the world, if not the best,” said Toulson. “It's a real success."

Working together with our colleagues at Cundall, who provide engineering support for WPI's whitewater projects, we pursued a number of sustainable design elements for the Rio 2016 project that reduced both construction costs and energy demands and will be particularly important for the facility in Legacy.

In July 2014 WPI completed a scale model of the Deodoro channels with our colleagues at the Czech Technical University Hydraulic Laboratory in Prague. The model served to demonstrate overall hydraulic behaviors and helped shorten construction and commissioning processes.

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