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Abbotsford eyes wakeboarding park

07/24/2012 08:02 EDT | Updated 09/23/2012 05:12 EDT
The City of Abbotsford, B.C., is asking for proposals from private companies interested in building and operating a new wakeboarding park.

Instead of boats pulling wakeboarders across Albert Dyck Lake, a series of cables would tow riders over jumps on the man-made body of water.

"It’s not expensive to run and you can come here any evening or afternoon by yourself," said Coun. Les Barkman. "You don't have to find a spot or a boat or anything to go."

Barkman says it would be a one-of-a-kind attraction in the Metro Vancouver area.

"Having something this close, in the Lower Mainland, I am sure we would get a bunch of Vancouver people and maybe some from the [U.S] because there aren't any in the vicinity," he said.

"So as far as bringing tourism, I think it would be a great way to show people what Abbotsford's got."

However, the Fraser Valley Water Ski Club is concerned the new addition could make it harder for their group to get time on the water.

"[It could mean] less water time for our club members, and it might have to eliminate some of our events," said spokesman Corey Walters. "I am not quite sure how it is going to work yet."

Earlier this month, Western Canada's first water cable course opened in Kelowna — but it closed after three weeks because of jurisdictional squabbling.

If approved, Abbotsford’s wakeboarding park could be operational by next summer.

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