This aqua park was a widely known recreation area in the eastern part of Germany.
It was opened in 1985, when Germany was still separated.
At the time, the construction cost almost 45 million Deutsche Mark,
of which the state put in nine million as a non-interest-bearing loan.
During the soccer season 1986/87, the aqua park became
the shirt sponsor of a traditional German soccer club.
In the early years, the aqua park had about 600.000 visitors every
year, but the number of visitors declined and fell to about 300.000 in
the year 2001.
The manager of the park declared that it was essentially the "public
character" of the park that had contibuted to its downfall.
There were massive problems with youth gangs that were getting very
territorial about the pools. Three security guards were hired, but they
couldn't do anything about it.
The security problems and the increasing structural decay scared off a lot of the potential visitors, especially families.
At the end of 2002, the aqua park was closed by the local health
authority due to an infestation with rats, bird droppings and for the
hygienic control of epidemics.
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