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WATERPARKS IN DEPTH


The latest waterpark developments, openings and expansions taking place worldwide


JENNIFER HARBOTTLE • JOURNALIST • ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT


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Capital Partners) and reports at the last WWA symposium that many water leisure operators have announced expansion plans for the 12 months ahead, shows that there’s money to be made from large-scale water-based attractions. This is reinforced by the many dry park operators looking at water attractions to add an extra dimension to their existing facilities. However, a shaky economy has seen the


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emergence of a more bullish domestic waterpark operator, keen to capitalise on the staycation market. As a result, suppliers have seen a greater proportion of their business coming from municipal and family run businesses such as campsites, sporting facilities and resorts.


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orrec has developed the masterplan for a waterpark in Tangshan town, in the Jiangning district of Nanjing. Opening on the 26th May, the 23-hectare site includes a hotel and luxury spa.


In the design of facilities, landscaping elements and attractions, the overall design


concept is themed around four keywords – mythical, mystical, magical and China. Based on these keywords, the park explores a range of Chinese myths and legends, paying special attention to the fantastic, magical and adventurous qualities of these much-loved stories. Landscaping elements include distinctive wave- patterned paving and a selection of tropical vegetation which is hardy enough to survive the parks’ subtropical climate. As a departure from other Chinese water parks, Longmenzhen includes a large number of cabana units – a feature that has proved especially popular in waterparks in other parts of Asia. A hillside at the rear of the site offers a striking green backdrop to the waterpark as


well as the opportunity to build water slides into the terrain. On top of the slope is a luxury spa with views over the countryside.


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