Abandoned Spreepark, Germany. .
Spreepark‘s history is almost as strange as the plastic creatures roaming within it. Originally opening in 1969, Kulturpark Plänterwald – as it was originally known – was the only amusement park in either East or West Berlin, and the only constant park in the Soviet zone of occupied Germany.
By 1991 Kulturpark Plänterwald had been transformed into Spreepark, and visitor numbers peaked at 1.5 million per year. But the cost of new attractions and a shift away from pay-per-ride to a pay-at-the-gate model contributed to large debts by 1999. Spreepark had no option but to raise the admission fee to generate extra revenue, but merely succeeded in deterring potential thrill seekers. By 2001, visitor numbers had dropped to 400,000 and the amusement park declared itself insolvent.
In a final twist that any rollercoaster would be proud of, the park’s owner, Norbert Witte, and close associates allegedly fled to Lima, Peru, with spiralling debts of €11 million. They even shipped six rides, which authorities believed were being sent for repair. After a failed attempt to run a “Lunapark” in Lima, Witte was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2004 for attempting to smuggle £14 million of cocaine from Peru to Germany in the metal masts of the “flying carpet” ride.
South Korea’s Okpo Land, an amusement park that closed overnight after the second of two deaths on this duck ride. The car that the child fell from was left hanging off the tracks for years after the park closed. It was demolished in 2011.
Those are the remains of a water park I went to as a kid. Installed in 1982, the giant faucet became like the eiffel tower of this small region of Quebec, and it officially stopped running in 2010, after the MSSI (Mont-Saint-Sauveur International) decided that it was time to concentrate their efforts on the Mont Saint-Sauveur aquatic park, rather than this one. It was the oldest water park in Quebec.
It has now been abandoned for 3 years, and looks like this. Well a part of it, anyway… Most of the water slides were moved and relocated to the other water park
I find this strangely eerie, especially knowing that I’ve gone so many times. But what terrifies me most about this park is the giant faucet. I can’t even begin to explain why I find it so terrifying. Even as a child, there was something odd about it, in my opinion. It’s like a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean. There’s that feeling of sheer terror that won’t leave.
I also know for a fact that the big slides have been relocated to the Mont Saint-Sauveur water park.
But just so you guys know, I’ve been there, I slid in those about 10 to 15 years ago, and now it’s abandoned. :O