WaveYard is the name of a new water based community / playland which, of course, is to be located… in the desert.
Yep. Some geniuses were sitting around, possibly enjoying some hashish, when one said something like “Hey dude. I’ve got an idea… Let’s build the biggest water mega-park the world has ever seen! Oh, and we’ll do it in the desert!”
If constructed, the park would use as much as 100 million gallons of groundwater a year.
Here is their description:
Get ready for Waveyard, the first adventure super-park and adrenaline cocktail that will deliver the adventure sports lifestyle on a scale you never dreamed possible. Step out of rush hour into the ultimate rush, Waveyard will open new chapter on family entertainment and residential living. It will be a place to belong while fueling your passions.
Through a series of break-through technologies, we will unveil a diverse range of life-enhancing experiences including surfing, white water rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, standing wave surfing, wakeboarding, boogie boarding, climbing, canyoneering, zip lines, an action river, board sports training, a massive sand beach, concerts, world class competitions, volleyball, an indoor water park, special events, and much, much more.
Waveyard will also be home to a resort hotel, resort villas, a conference center, a spa and wellness center, an amphitheater, numerous restaurants, a surf shop and paddle sports store, entertainment retail, office space, and several unique residential opportunities.
The Associated Press had the following to say:
The Waveyard will need as much as 50 million gallons of water at first to fill its artificial oceans and rivers.
Replenishing water lost to evaporation and spillage will require another 60 to 100 million gallons per year, enough to support about 1,200 people in the Phoenix area.
Project organizers say they won’t tap Mesa’s drinking water supplies to fill the park. Instead, they plan to draw from a well that has elevated levels of arsenic, which makes its water unsuitable for drinking. The Waveyard will build a treatment plant to make the water safe for swimmers.
Rita Maguire, a former director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources who studied water availability for Waveyard developers, said the project will not use any more water than one of Arizona’s many golf courses.
Ummm, am I crazy, or will this FAIL?
Thanks to Troy at Layered Tech for pointing this out to me.