Aqua Park


Location:  Russia

Status:  Abandoned Project

Russia is well known for its cold winters and frigid temperatures.  For many months out of the year, its bodies of water are frozen, and impossible to use for recreation.  An answer to this problem came in the early 2000’s when contractors began building indoor water parks that could be used all year round, regardless of the weather.  

Aqua Park was one of these new recreational centers, designed to house five pools, numerous slides, a hotel, and various medical facilities for athletes.  It was a huge structure, made out of reinforced concrete and steel.  Its construction began in 2003.

However, on February 14th, 2004 disaster struck at a nearby water park south of Moscow.  The park was known as the Transvaal, and it was the biggest in the area, sporting a great glass ceiling over one of its pools.  On that winter night, the ceiling collapsed, sending glass and iron support beams down on the unsuspecting swimmers. 

In the months following the incident, water parks fell out of style, and safety regulations changed.  Aqua Park, already quite far into its construction found itself in peril.  Soon after, the developers lost their funding, and the project was abandoned.  

The Park was sold in 2007 to be made into a shopping mall, but has not yet been demolished.  

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