Whitewater Parks International
(WPI) has once again been chosen for its planning, design, and consulting expertise in creating canoe slalom's highest level international sport venues - this time with the development of a whitewater center in Tokyo's Kasai Rinkai Kōen Park as one of a number of exciting new facilities being constructed for upcoming events in 2020 and beyond.
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 facility at Kasai Park includes an international standard Class III-IV competition channel
that will also be used for commercial whitewater recreation after events in 2020. There is a warm-up / training loop that will also be
well-suited for instruction and recreation in
legacy. The facility is targeted for completion by summer 2019.
WPI's signature skill in
finding innovative ways of taking our past award-winning venue successes and carrying them even further helped streamline initial design phases and are now keeping the project development
process on track for a timely delivery.
After 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 will 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
Kasai park 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
of this innovative Kasai design.
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