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Polin in Kiev

“The new slides have enhanced the adrenaline throughout the park,” notes Aqualand manager Wilfrid Lenandais “We are very satisfied with the new rides. We invested around €1.5 million 2011 and believe our guests will be as happy as we are when they experience these new slides and other offerings including food and shopping.”

In total, Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon features more than 1km of waterslides, plus an action river, 800 square-metre wave pool, 1,470 sq m adventure pool and a kid-sized water play area with scaled- down versions of some of the park’s more thrilling rides.

Down at Aqualand St Cyr Sur Mer, situated between Marseilles and Toulon, the addition of a Black Hole Turbolance represents the waterpark’s first significant expansion for seven years. The new Polin attraction, pictured right, is as the name suggests a combination of Polin’s Turbolance and Black Hole slides, supplied with a unique colour scheme.

Both sets of slides supplied this season by Polin to the Aqualand parks in France feature the Turkish company’s RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) Magic Shine finish, which ensures its slides are smooth and shiny on both the inside and the outside. As such they add to the aesthetic appeal of each park, standing out over attractions.

All photos taken at Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon unless stated otherwise

Although Aqualand may now be closed for the season in France, another Polin-supplied park is still going strong as winter approaches. Ukraine’s Dream Island indoor waterpark, which debuted this summer in the capital of Kiev, is open-year round on the third floor of Dream Town Shopping Mall. Now the largest waterpark in the country, it covers about 25,000 square meters and has capacity for around 3,500 people. Immersed in a prehistoric “lost world” theme, visitors soon forget they are in a shopping mall thanks to the many dinosaurs animals and wild plants.

Guests have the choice of 14

Polin slides and water play attractions including a Space Boat, Flying Boats, Turbolance, Space Hole, Black Hole, Tunnel Freefall, Aquatube, body slide, wide slide, multi slide, freefall and rafting slide. Kids’

Aqualand St Cyr Sur Mer

attractions include an Aquatower 310 play structure, iceberg and octopus slide. "We faced some design challenges due to the existing rectangular shape of the building,” reveals Polin architect Sila Gokalp. “All the waterslides had to start above the building and enter through the roof. The new waterslides were then designed using the existing building supports but in the end everyone was happy!"

Also featured at Dream Island are five themed pools, nine saunas, an aquarium and party facilities. Polin is currently working on new projects in Russia, Serbia and Iran, where it will supply another King Cobra slide.

Space Boat at Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon OCTOBER 2011

Space Boat at Aqualand Bassin d’Arcachon 29

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