U.S. NATIONAL WHITEWATER CENTER
Charlotte, North Carolina
The National Whitewater Center is the largest and most profitable whitewater park of its kind in the world. The park surpasses all previous pumped whitewater parks in terms of efficiency, quality of whitewater, variety of uses and fun. It features four separate channel segments, including the world’s steepest slalom channel, the world’s highest-volume big water channel, and purpose-built areas for instruction, development, safety training, big-wave surfing, hole riding and more.
Special features include four separate, moveable, obstacle systems; natural rock structures; restaurant and patio areas overlooking the course; headgates allowing operating costs to be scaled to the day’s customer base; and specific design features tailored to maximize profitable rafting operations.
The park, which opened in 2006, was designed with the dual goals of creating a seamlessly integrated outdoor adventure center and a cost-effective, state-of-the-art whitewater facility.