Océade

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The park, few days before its closure.

Océade is an indoor waterpark in Brussels,[1] Belgium and the largest of its kind in the Brussels Capital Region. Originally part of a 3 park franchise, the other 2 parks located in France, it is currently the only park remaining in business after the French divisions closed. Running at a loss, the park was acquired by the Walibi Group in 1992, with management experience built up through Aqualibi near Wavre just south of Brussels.

The park has continuously expanded and been renovated, and is currently the Belgian leader for water slides, with 14 slides in the park. Most notably, the Hurricane is record holder for the fastest European slide (average speed 40 km/h), and the Barracuda is the longest duo slide in Belgium. With over 240 000 visitors per year and a combined volume of 1 800 m³ of water, Océade is a major leisure attraction in the Brussels Capital Region.

In 2016, the Brussels city council announced Océade would be forced to close to make space for its NEO project, a redevelopment project envisioning the replacement of most of Bruparck (including Kinepolis and Océade) on the Heysel Plateau with a shopping district and residential area. Under public protest, closure was repeatedly postponed, and the final closing date (as of June 2018) will be 30 September 2018.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'Océade va définitivement fermer à Bruxelles: le petit Ilyas, 10 ans, écrit une lettre de mécontentement". RTL Television. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  2. ^ ehu. "Waterpark Océade sluit op 30 september definitief de deuren". Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ "L'Océade fermera définitivement ses portes en septembre prochain". La Libre Belgique. Retrieved 2018-06-19.

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