World’s First Extreme Sports Parks to Feature Caving & Cave Diving
The United Arab Emirates and Qatar will be homes to the world’s first extreme sports parks. As another first, they aim to be the first theme parks ever to be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council.
Aside from caving and cave diving, the park also plans to offer such activites as whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, free diving, extreme mountain biking, mountain boarding, rock climbing, zip wire courses, bungee jumping, and extreme water slides.
In order to be USGBC LEED certified, the projects will rely on a multitude of eco-friendly technologies and materials.
To achieve the top green rating, the parks will use renewable and solar energy, and incorporate technologies for water conservation, waste to energy conversion, solar desalination and ecological wastewater treatment.
Green concrete will also be used extensively as will seawater (as opposed to potable water), with a focus on innovative human-powered transportation, and integration of local culture, heritage, and food production onsite.
Construction scheduled to begin in 2012, with park openings planned for 2013.
World’s first extreme sports parks to open in 2013 [Construction Week Online]