Splashdown Waterpark (Poole)

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Splashdown
Location Tower Park, Poole, United Kingdom
Owner Alan Richmond
General Manager Howard Smith
Opened 1990
Operating season Open all year (weekends only out of season)
Water slides 8 indoor and 5 outdoor (summer only) water slides
Website http://poole.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/

Splashdown is a water park located at the Tower Park complex near to Poole, Dorset. The park opened in 1990 and was one of the founding attractions at Tower Park. The park experiences approximately 180,000 visitors a year.[1]

It has 8 indoor water slides which operate all year round and 5 outside rides which operate only during the summer season. There is also a wet play area and small training pool for youngsters.[2]

Timeline[edit]

  • 1990 - Park opens with 7 original rides
  • 1996 - Treasure falls flume is renamed Black Thunder with added 'thunder and lightening' effects.
  • 1998 - Outside Screamer tower is built, a 15m high tower adding three new flumes: The Screamer, Louisiana Leap and Tennessee Twister.
  • 2002 - The Spacebowl ride is installed inside the main hall and a new 1m deep swimming pool is opened for small children[3]
  • 2005 - Major re-modelling of the Tower Park complex involved demolition of the large front tower containing the start of the Torpedo Run flume.[4] A smaller tower has been built and the flume is re-branded the Dragons Lair, starting lower down with sound and light effects.
  • 2009 - The company acquires the Quaywest water park in Paignton, Devon. Re-branding it Splashdown@Quaywest.[5]
  • 2012 - New slide Velocity is added to the outside tower. The company takes over the Monkey Bizness soft play area at Tower Park, it is now operating under the name Lemur Landings

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Velocity fun this summer at Splashdown Waterpark.". Poole Tourism. 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Explore the park". Splashdown Waterparks. 
  3. ^ "Water ride to create a splash". Bournemouth Echo. 24 January 2002. 
  4. ^ "Work begins on £5m Tower Park update". Bournemouth Echo. 27 December 2004. 
  5. ^ "Splashdown open and hoping for the sunshine.". this is South Devon. 20 June 2009.