Die Anlage von künstlichen Wildwasserparks und Playspots ist ein absolutes Erfolgsmodell und setzt sich weltweit immer mehr durch. So jetzt auch in Norwegen, einem Land, das eigentlich mit Mengen von natürlichen Wildflüssen gesegnet ist. Doch Norwegen setzt in Zeiten steigenden Energieverbrauchs nicht mehr nur auf die Förderung seiner Ölvorkommen in der Nordsee sondern in letzter Zeit zunehmend auf die Nutzung der natürlichen Energieresource Wasserkraft.
Ökologisch verantwortungsbewusst denkende norwegische Paddler suchen deshalb jetzt schon Alternativen für die in Zukunft deutlich schwindenden Möglichkeiten zum Wildwasserfahren und beginnen mit dem Bau künstlicher Wildwasserparks.
Hier ist ein schönes Beispiel des Engagements von Kajakfahrern aus Kongsberg, das auch gut als Vorbild für Paddler im deutschsprachigen Raum dienen könnte:
The Nybrufossen Whitewater Park is getting closer to becoming a reality for the enthusiasts of Kongsberg Kayaking Club, in Kongsberg, Norway.
A Kayak Freestyle venue in the lower part of Nybrufossen, Kongsberg, was originally thought to be a wild idea but now it is about to become real.
The town of Kongsberg has started work on a formal plan for approval of the ”Kongsberg Wave”, which is what the project is being called for the time being .
”There is still quite a lot of work to do for the planning and approval process”, says Odd Resser, the club project manager, now involved in making this dream come true.
”There is still some uncertainty regarding project costs, however I do think we will manage to come within the stipulated 3,9 mill”, Resser says.
In May 2010 the club received a monetary gift of Nokr 1,4 mill from Sparebankstiftelsen DNB NOR, (a banking foundation owning most of Norway’s largest bank) which allowed the club to begin working on the project.
The gift from DNB went towards the design planning phases, giving them quite good control of the project. The planning committee believe they will be able to complete the venue within the stipulated costs. This means that there is still Nokr 2,5 mill to be raised to finish the project.
A model of the waterfall
There is a model of the waterfall set up in the lab of Northwest Hydraulic Consultants in Edmonton, Canada. Scale is 1:12, and it’s done as accurately as NHC and KPK could possibly do.
The model, a good 16 metres long, is to be used to develop designs for the freestyle features in the lower reaches of Nybrufossen.
”The draft report is scheduled for June 6th, and will be a vital part of the overall plan to be put to one of the town committees, and displayed for public scrutiny, including national and regional authorities”, Reser says.
Everyone thinks it is important that any alterations are invisible. ”No one is allowed to tamper with the aesthetics of the town waterfall”, Resser says. There will be no visible man-made installations above water level, however onshore areas will be in use when there are people using these areas. The modifications are very limited, and will not affect ordinary, outdoor life in any of the outdoor areas.
”What we will actually do is wiresaw some of the submerged rockbed”, Odd Resser says.
Since this article was written, Design Modifications have been ongoing at NHC, with the current design having two features. One feature (high water) optimized, and the second to be optimized in the near future.