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Educational outreach in Europe


ALEATHA EZRA T


he WWA resumed its edu- c at ional


outreach for its European members with the recently held European Waterpark Gathering hosted by the WWA’s European Committee, 27 – 28 September in London. This event, held during the Euro


Attractions Show, featured an aſt ernoon of educational panels led by some of the industry’s most experienced water leisure professionals from facilities including Alton Towers, Bourne Leisure, Sandcastle Waterworld and The Time Capsule. Innovative vendor companies in attendance included Water Technology, Aqua Leisure, S&P Architects, Lo-Q and Menerga.


“The water leisure market is changing and


growing in the European market with a positive outlook for 2012”


Attendees conversed on a variety of


industry hot topics, including the latest advances in technology, innovations in rides and attractions, best practices in cus- tomer service and staff training, operational safety and much more. Discussion also focused on how the water leisure market is changing and growing in the European market with many expressing positive out- looks on what lies ahead in 2012. In addition, the World Waterpark


Association recently announced plans to hold a European Symposium hosted by T e Time Capsule in Coatbridge, UK, 28 – 29 February 2012. T is two-day event will include educational sessions on top- ics that are tailored to the European market including revenue generation, energy conservation, refurbishment and more. Networking events and a tour of the Time Capsule facility will be included as well. For additional information on this event visit www.waterparks.org/education.


Aleatha Ezra, membership manager, World Waterpark Association


16 Two new waterparks for China


Two new waterparks – fea- turing attractions and slides supplied by US-based company WhiteWater West – have opened in China. Lubura Waterpark in


Changzhou has been designed with a dinosaur theme and includes the country’s first Abyss slide, which combines one tower with the Family Boomerango. T e waterpark has also been supplied with an AquaPlay Rain Fortress, which incorporates a num- ber of large-scale dinosaur features in order to link in with the design of the park. Elsewhere, the OCT Happy Valley waterpark


Attractions supplied by Whitewater include the Aquaplay RainFortress


in Shenzhen also boasts a Family Boomerango, along with a Family Raſt Ride; a SuperBowl; and an AquaLoop complex. Other experiences on off er at the Shenzhen attraction are the Multi-Lane Mat Racer and


the AquaPlay RainFortress. T e design of the park aims to mimic a “Mayan paradise”. A WhiteWater West spokesperson said:


“With a number of world-class waterparks cur- rently in development in Asia, this market will have the newest and most thrilling attractions in the industry from WhiteWater.”


Work starts on Ukraine indoor waterpark


Construction work has now commenced on one of the world’s largest retractable aluminium-domed indoor waterparks in Donetsk, Ukraine, which is due to open early next year. The 61,000sq ft (5,667sq


m) Aquatoria attraction is being developed by Canada- based group, OpenAire, and is intended to help boost tour- ism to the Donetsk region. OpenAire’s free-standing


dome structure will comprise an aluminium truss and will be 86ſt (26m) in height, with a retractable design that will open up to 50 per cent of the waterpark. T e design consists of four retractable roof panels, which can open in less than 10 minutes and expose the interior of the attraction to sunlight and fresh air.


T e large dome structure is being developed by Canadian fi rm OpenAire “[Our design and engineering team]


achieved this ambitious vision with a com- pletely unique, breathtaking design that promises to become an area landmark,” said OpenAire president Mark Albertine.


Oklahoma attraction to build new waterpark


A ground breaking ceremony has taken place at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park in Oklahoma, US, to mark the start of construction work of a new waterpark due to open next May. According to T e Norman Transcript, the attraction is investing US$4.2m (£2.7m, 3.1m)


Read Attractions Management online attractionsmanagement.com/digital


in the waterpark, with local contractor Strait of Aztec working on the project. Brannon Corp and Fitzpatrick Architects,


both of Tyler, Texas, are also involved as part of the scheme, with the funding provided by First Bank and Trust Co of Norman.


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