Construction Begins This Week On New Practice Pond At Wake Nation
It means not only spring is just around the corner, but also that Wake Nation Cincinnati in
The new lake is called “The Practice Pond” and it features an “easy start” cable system unlike any other in the
The Practice Pond will be located adjacent to Wake Nation’s 10-acre main lake, where riders wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, and wakeskate WITHOUT A BOAT. Riders are pulled around the oval lake at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour by a circulating, overhead cable system that runs 35 feet above the water.
On the Practice Pond, when a rider is preparing for a launch, the cable is not moving (as opposed to on the main lake where the cable is constantly moving at approximately 20 miles per hour.) When the rider is ready to start, a Wake Nation instructor will start the overhead cable system and the rider will be gently pulled onto The Practice Pond water at a relatively slow speed.
Holding onto a ski rope, riders will be pulled across the Practice Pond for approximately 250 feet. Wake Nation instructors will provide coaching and be able to instantly increase or decrease the speed of the ride (depending on a rider’s proficiency) to create the ideal learning environment.
The Practice Pond is targeted to be ready in time for Wake Nation’s 2010 season, beginning May 1. Wake Nation, located in Fairfield’s Joyce Park, opened to rave reviews in May, 2009, as only the 7th cable wake park in the USA (others are located mostly in Florida and Texas.) The closest cable wake park to Wake Nation is more than 600 miles away.
During its first season of operation, Wake Nation received numerous awards, including the “Best of Ohio” award from Ohio Magazine and a “Love Cincy” best award from Cincy Magazine.
At Wake Nation, both parking and admission are FREE. The park is a “pay as you play” facility with ride time starting at $25 for two hours. Private lessons, group discounts and parties are available. Season Passes are available now at a discounted price of $525 until April 1 when the price will increase to $550.
Wake Nation will re-open for daily operations on May 1, 2010 and run through October. Hours are 10 a.m. until dark.