Whitewater Parks International
(WPI) has been contracted for its design and consulting expertise for yet another top-level international sports venue, applied to the planning and development of the canoe slalom whitewater stadium to be
constructed in Kasai Rinkai Kōen Park as one of a number of exciting new venues
being created for the world's most prestigious sporting events in Tokyo in 2020.
As part of a larger venue development consultancy, WPI has been working closely with Tokyo project stakeholders and the International Canoe Federation
to ensure that sport technical requirements are met, while at the
same time pursuing efficiencies of design that can keep
costs low and provide a vibrant and lasting Legacy.
The Whitewater Stadium at Kasai Park will host an international standard Class III-IV competition channel
that will likely be used for commercial rafting and other forms
of whitewater recreation after the events in 2020. There will also
be a warm-up / training loop that can serve as a
well-suited instruction and recreation activity area in
Legacy. The facility is targeted for completion in
WPI's signature skill in
finding innovative ways of taking our past award-winning international venue successes and carrying them even further are helping streamline initial design phases and keeping the project development
process on track for a timely delivery.
After the canoe slalom events are completed in
2020, the facility at Kasai Park will be poised to become a permanent Legacy venue capable of hosting all varieties of paddling activities, including rafting,
playboating, canoe polo and SUP. The Park is already well established and currently provides an assortment of recreation and entertainment opportunities for a wide spectrum of visitors.
The Kasai whitewater facility can also serve as a center
for experiential programs, particularly for young people. From skills instruction to sport
training to simply discovering the thrill of outdoor adventure, there are many types of community-oriented attributes this
venue will be able to provide along side prominent commercial programming.
WPI has introduced a number of sustainable aspects to the Tokyo
Kasai project that can significantly reduce energy consumption and greatly
improve the functionality and profitability of the facility in Legacy.
In attempting to do “more with less” we have refined
pumping scenarios and enhanced channel configurations to further
reduce costs and environmental impacts.
During July 2016 WPI conducted a scale modeling & testing
exercise with the help of our colleagues at the Czech Technical University Hydraulic
Laboratory in Prague.
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