Just like everyone´s imagination is slightly different than others, so is the approach to a cable park building. A successful first step into your own cable park journey is to visit as many cable parks as possible and especially those near you. By visiting the existing sites, you can see how a cable system works, it´s capacity and how a cable park will look like once it´s up and running.
When choosing the perfect location where you are going to transform your imagination into reality, keep in mind to position your cable wakepark where the crowd is. Also, it is important that your wake park location is settled in the warm climate with more than 70 sunny days during the entire year.
It is possible to build a cable park on different surfaces: lake, sea coast, river, lagoon, and a dam or the artificial lake. When it comes to choosing the right location for a perfect cable water park, you need to look for a landscape with a good climate. The more warm, sunny and non-rainy days you have in a year, the more people will be attracted to your cable wakepark. You should also look for a place with high population density and recreation culture flow among people. We advise you to look for places with more than 300.000 citizens or visitors in a circle of 15-30 km and a solid purchasing power.
One of the first public cableways ever built was on the coast of Benidorm in Spain and the list goes longer as you explore worldwide wakeboarding scene. If you want to build your cable park on the coast, you have to make sure that the wake park settled in the salty waters must not be exposed to the waves. It is possible to build a waves protector, but that increases the cost of the overall project.
If you are planning on digging a lake of your own, there are special permits that need to be acquired before. Also, it is often more expensive and can be difficult to engineers. While it can save you some additional investment, existing lakes may also be difficult to find in a shape or size which lends itself to an effective layout and planned cableway construction.
At first, most lakes and cable systems were rectangular and designed to accommodate only water skiing. Nowadays when cable wakeboarding is trending on the list of extreme sports, there are many different and more attractive designs arising. For example, building a pentagonal (5-side) shaped cable park system on a lake with an island in the middle, is more appealing to visitors and experienced riders. Island in the middle comes on handy in minimizing the backwash on bigger lakes where the climate is often windy.
When digging your own or looking for an existing lake where you will implement your design of the cableway, you need to look for at least 80 m wide and 140m long lake. Desired lake should also be 1m minimum deep or, as recommended, 1.3 m.
In the early days of cable wakeboarding, 4-tower cable park building was trending, but that kind of design is no longer up to date. Nowadays, a lot of people are finding more suitable with buidling a 6 tower full size cable park on a lakes that is designed to host more challenging cable park projects. It is also possible to build a 5 tower cable park which suits both beginners and advanced riders.
The towers can be placed in almost any depth of water and they are set at the metal plates positioned at the bottom of the lake. However, supporting tower cables require concrete anchors. Towers stand out of water about 10-10.5 meters which places the running cable at about 6-8 meters above the water.
The total length of the running cable along with the size of the water surface determines how many carriers you can place on the cable park system. Usually there are 6-10 carriers, meaning that 6-10 people can use the system simultaneously. While developing a business plan for your cable wake park, this information can be helpful in calculating the overall business flow. For example on a system with 8 carriers, approximately 200 people can use the cable system during the 8-10 hour day. While during the summer and warm sunny weekends, your business will be more crowded.
Before building a full size cable, there are many factors involved in the overall investment, but as a rough guideline you will need 250.000 €. That investment will acquire you to buy a cable system and have an engineer available to help with the installation. However, there are many other costs involved before you begin with the implementation of the cable system, such as drilling anchors and building the stating dock. That is, depending on the ground and the type of anchors, approximately 35.00 – 50.000 € more.
Overall cost of building a cable park is between 400,000 and 1 mil. € but the final cost depends on other conditions. Many times, cable wake board parks have additional services such as a restaurants, night clubs or bars to make it more attractive for visitors of all ages.
While planning to build your own cablewake park, you need to find suitable location where your design and idea can come to life. Once you find a landscape where you can implement your ideas, it is time to contact land development department of your municipal government. There you can start asking questions about the area where you are planning to settle your project. The people there can make or break your project so, be careful of what you say. You may also have to deal with local planning agencies, civil engineers, architects, neighbors, as well as federal environmental and engineering bodies.
If you are serious about your investment and project, you are most likely going to have to hire some or all off the following types of organizations listed below:
- Real Estate Agent
- Insurance Agent
- Planning/Zoning Consultant
- Civil Engineer
- General Contractor
- Dock Builder
- Utilities contractor – electric, water, and sewer
- Site prep contractor
- Earthwork/Excavation Contractor
- Land clearing contractor
- Landscape Architect
- Real Estate and/or Land
- Development Attorney
- Stormwater Management Expert
Keep in mind there are usually design/build or land development companies that cover several of the above disciplines.