Water, Play & Sports in Alpine Surroundings

Pitztal (AUT): A natural swimming pond and numerous wood play equipment as the central elements of the new Pitz Park Water Amusement Park

The Pitz valley (Pitztal) is not only one of Austria’s foremost winter sports resorts, but also a popular summer holiday destination. Amid the magnificent Tyrolean mountain landscape, the Pitz Park comprising a playground, natural bathing lake and ball sports courts was opened by Sunkid – partnered by Kerschdorfer (garden design) and Almholz (wooden structures)– in the spring of this year.

 

The brief involved the redesign of a some what antiquated swimming pool and three tennis courts. Since this was not a green-field project, account had to be taken of the existing infrastructure. After only a few months for planning and construction, a facility has been created that is a genuine boon to the Pitz valley, not only visually, but also ecologically.

 

In the creation of the 1,000 square metre natural bathing lake, special consideration has been given to environmental compatibility and sustainability. Suitable vegetation planted along the shores has made the use of chemical additives super fluousand enables the water to regenerate autonomously. The non-swimmers’ area with a wooden pontoon and recreationalraft, the pool around the diving tower and the open swimming area with a water depth of up to 3 m make a harmonious overall impression, although they areseparated by plants and rocks.

 

In the playground area close to the entrance to the Pitz Park, the water and wooden play areas merge together to yield a compact world of adventure. This is where children can build dams in the water area, hide in the catamaran, climb on the Mega-Pitzi wall, hurtle down the slide or build sand castles in the children’s builder’s yard. The main material chosen for the play equipment, loungers and boardwalks is Alpine Larch. Owing to its pronounced weather resistance and its associated durability, this extremely robust wood is ideal for the outdoor areas and, in its untreated state, blends inconspicuously into the landscape.

 

For those seeking sporting activity, a beach volleyball court and a hard-court soccer pitch can be used free of charge. Because of the sloping terrain, these two playing areas have been laid out on terraces a few metres below the bathing area. “The Pitz Park creates an attractive leisure environment that admirably supplements the other leisure offerings for recreation seekers in the Pitz valley,” says Hansjörg Wohlfarter, Managing Director of the-Hochzeiger Bergbahnen cable car company and also operator of the facility.

2013-08

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