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THE MOUNTAN FOREST PARK AND FRESH-WATER CHILDREN'S RIVER AT KURASHIKI DAM | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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THE MOUNTAN FOREST PARK AND FRESH-WATER CHILDREN'S RIVER AT KURASHIKI DAM

Nice view of the little "Kids River" and surrounding walkways, as seen from the Observation Tower.

 

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It seems that I have been spending quite a bit of Flickr time posting photos of rivers and waterfalls found far, far away in the northern mountains of Okinawa --- all the while completely ignoring a great little spot for Families and kids that is pretty close to my house, and JUST OUTSIDE KADENA AIR BASE !

 

OK...HERE WE GO !

 

NOTE ON THIS 130-YARD-LONG RIVER :

 

An Okinawan engineer had the good idea to let the local OKINAWA CITY KIDS and US AIR FORCE MILITARY BRATS play in the fresh mountain water from Northern Okinawa, just before it enters the Reservoir of Central Okinawa's largest Dam and Water Supply.

 

So, they designed the water-feed outlet that brings the water from the Mountains to be disguised as a series of small waterfalls and a shallow, natural bottomed swimming hole for little kids, followed by a 130-yard sand-and-pebble-bottomed fresh-water creek for parents with toddlers.

 

The water that flows into this river arrives via a huge underground pipe-and-tunnel system from FOUR RIVERS in Northern Okinawa --- THREE rivers in Motobu Peninsula, and ONE (the YONA RIVER) almost 36 miles away near the northern end of the island.

 

The babbling creek is designed to be only inches deep, and is seen at its minimum flow in this Flickr set.

 

When they open the valves to bring in a heavier flow, the extra few inches expand the width of the Children's River" to cover the yellow patches you see on either side.

 

There are closely spaced, immovable flat boulders to let you cross and keep your feet dry.

 

On the other hand, the designers also added small and medium size rocks the to stream so that kids could move them around to make their own "Water Forts" and other flow-diversion creations.

 

The colors of green in this set are constantly changing from photo-to-photo as the sun dodged in and out from behind the clouds.

  

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/

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Taken on June 6, 2012