Rotterdam locals believe wave pool will enrich city
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 August, 2014 - Though Rotterdam isn't generally associated with surfing, a new aquatic attraction due to be completed in June 2015 could well change that. Set to be located in the city's Steigersgracht Canal, the RiF010 project will feature a wave pool that boasts a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high wave every 7.5 seconds, in addition to other water-related activities.
The project follows an initiative by Rotterdam City Council that featured several city-enriching ideas for locals to vote on. RiF010 won the lion's share of the vote and has thus been backed a total of €3.6 million (around US$4.8 million).
Once it's built, any profits will be directed into other similar projects for the local community, including the creation of additional water sports facilities for the city's youth. The organizers also promise that tickets will be relatively inexpensive.