Ferris wheel to be erected in Pārdaugava, Rīga

The construction of a ferris wheel has begun in the Pārdaugava part of Rīga, the left bank of the Daugava, between Raņķa Dam and Slokas Street, part of Uzvaras Park, Latvian Television reported on July 5.

Pile drilling has started, and in parallel the structure and cabs of the wheel are also produced. The builders of the wheel promise that it will be the highest ferris wheel in the Baltic States, and the sea will also be visible in good weather. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the middle of next year.

“Test piles are being drilled. Two piles will be tested for strength resilience, not only pressure but also stretch,” said architect Janis Rinkēvičs.

A total of 67 piles will be used, with an average length of 30 meters and a total of two kilometers. The wheel is planned to be 65 meters high. 

“We'll be able to see a panoramic view across Rīga from here, but also the sea in good weather. It could start working in the middle of next year,” said Rinkēvičs.

The company “RPR operator” registered in Lithuania has acquired the right to carry out this project, which was also the only bidder for building rights in the area. Several residents of the nearby house have opposed the idea, but the building permit was received.

There will also be improvements to the park paths through which the rest of the park can be reached. Following the removal of the occupation monument, Uzvaras Park will take a new form and meaning by offering active recreation opportunities.

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