The city of Rotterdam is planning to build an eco-friendly water park right in the middle of the its Steigersgracht Canal. Called RiF010, the project is part of the city development program which aims to reinvigorate the public space through sports and recreation. The water park will provide a place for surfing, kayaking and snorkeling, while its wave-making process will help purify the canal’s water.
The new urban attraction will have a constantly flowing 14-second wave that is planned to reach five feet, allowing the city inhabitants to surf right in the middle of the city. Besides its recreational use, RiF010 will generate clean water and revenue that will be reinvested into various green infrastructure projects across the city of Rotterdam, including the electricity-generating windmill, planned to be built just down the road from the canal.
A terrace and a wooden beach house will be built next to the canal, and will house changing rooms and showers for the visitors. On the other side of the terrace which connects the site to the rest of the city visitors will be able to rent canoes and boats.
The technology behind the project’s main attraction – the wave – is currently being developed at Delft University of Technology. The environmentally beneficial RiF010 is scheduled to open next summer.