GEORGE TOWN, Aug 14 — A first-of-its-kind open seawater adventure park in Asia reminiscent of popular American challenge game show, Wipeout, will be launched off the shores in Batu Ferringhi here next month.
The park, called the Wet World Wild Adventure Park, is the brainchild of Theme Park Concepts & Services Sdn Bhd (TPCS) in collaboration with Penang Global Tourism Board.
“The park will be a safe and fun alternative to the usual watersports found on the beaches in Penang,” said TPCS chief executive officer Datuk Richard Koh.
Located off the seafront of Komplex Bayu Senja, near the Park Royal Hotel Penang, the park will consist of a variety of inflatable “obstacles” that include activities such as rock climbing, running track, trampoline, swings, slides and even a human catapult.
“The structures are engineered in Germany and are certified safe according to international safety standards,” he said in a press conference at the Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng’s office today.
The park will be open during non-monsoon seasons and only a maximum of 80 adults are allowed in per session due to safety reasons.
“This is our first project and we hope to expand this park to other locations in Asia and also other parts of the world,” Koh said.
He added that there are plans to start an International Wet World Wild Challenge after they set up parks in other countries so that participants from different countries can compete against each other.
This September, TPCS is only launching the first phase of the project, which costs about RM3 million.
“There are a total five phases to the whole project and we will be adding on the remaining phases over the course of a year,” he said.
During monsoon season, the park will have to be closed due to choppy seas and uncertain weather but Koh said they could probably scout for sheltered areas or even look for lakes where they can set up the park.
The park will be open from 8am to 6pm daily and entry tickets are priced at RM30 per two-hour sessions per person.