It started in Germany, worked its way through Europe, crossed the pond to America and came as close as Cincinnati in 2009.

It started in Germany, worked its way through Europe, crossed the pond to America and came as close as Cincinnati in 2009.

In May, cable wakeboarding finally will arrive in Central Ohio via Wakeopolis, a cable park taking shape on a small pond in Marysville.

“You can’t grow the sport with a boat anymore,” park founder Tyler Dunham said during a tour last week. “The Scioto River is our only spot, and once you get 10 boats on there, it’s full.”

Instead, Dunham turned to cable wakeboarding, a newer version of the sport that replaces speedboats with motorized cables. Cable parks usually are built on small ponds or lakes, allowing boarders to shred man-made obstacles like ramps and rails instead of the traditional V-shaped wake.

Wakeopolis features a two-tower cable system that can propel riders as fast as 20 mph. Boarders can ride roughly 700 feet before they must turn around and come back the other way.

As more affordable technology emerges, Dunham expects to see cable parks pop up in peculiar places — like a few feet from U.S. Route 33.

Wakeopolis was built on what’s known as a borrow pit, a small body of water created when construction crews dig out soil, clay or rock for road projects.

“This was just a random pond next to a field,” Dunham said. “It was a little difficult to explain what it was going to be.”

When it opens, the cable park will be a private club. Members will rent the facility by the hour, rather than buy a ticket to stand in line with large crowds. In addition to adding the cable system, Dunham carved out part of the bank, built a small storage building and planted grass. Boxes, rails and kickers will be added on the water in the spring.

Dunham plans to rent the facility for about $75 per hour during the week and $100 per hour on weekends.

“I believe we’ll be able to support this line and another one,” he said. “I just want to get people out here to see the place.”