The ‘Alpine Slide’ will be located near Kardinge
A group of young entrepreneurs want to build a toboggan run on the only hill in Groningen: near the skating hall at Kardinge in Lewenborg. Plans for a toboggan run were presented last month, and enthusiasm has grown since then, as reported in the Groninger Internet Courant.
On the website Toukomst.nl (toukomst means ‘future’ in Gronings) people voted nearly 350 times within two days. The more votes, the greater the chance that a subsidy will be given to make the attraction a reality.
Marco van Dijk, co-owner of ZakelijkglasFiber.nl, joked about the idea after a holiday in Germany. “He had seen a toboggan run there and thought: this is also something for the Kardingeberg in Groningen,” explains partner Roel Kuper. An intern made a video of the plan, and the company then took part in the Open Council, an initiative of Let’s Gro with which citizens could give the City Council initiatives. Kuper: “Our proposal was accepted: 25 for, three against.”
Forty kilometers per hour
There is now a concrete plan for a run of approximately half a kilometer. The toboggan run will be on the south side of the Kardingeberg. A tower is to be built on top of the incline, with which the carts can accelerate. In the end, the tobogganists will go down the hill at around 40 kilometers per hour.
The toboggan run must ultimately become energy neutral, and the initiators also want it to be open 365 days a year. “The toboggan run will give an important boost to tourism in the city and province of Groningen,” they say.