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A water park is an amusement park that features waterplay areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds (water playgrounds), lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing environments. Water parks in more current states of development may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or bodyboarding environment such as a wave pool or a FlowRider.

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Evolution of waterparks from spas

Some waterparks are more spa-oriented, e.g. Schwaben Quellen, a member of European Waterparks Association (EWA) has no water slides, but instead has lots of saunas, steam rooms, "adventure showers", and relaxation-oriented waterplay areas. In fact, the very idea for a water park may have been inspired by a Hungarian spa.

A new technology, is likely to bring major changes in the concept of waterpark industry. A Hungarian invention, Creek-Surfing (www.creeksurfing.hu) which combines the the fun of skiing with the adventures of getting wet in an aquapark in a hot summer day makes waterparks possible sites for doing winter sports all seasons. The ski slope can be used for covering an indoor waterpark or being a central unit on which many-many watersildes and other attractions may run down aside. Looking from an evolutional point of view: Creek Surfing fits in the picture. Waterparks emerging from spas continue to get closer to mountain resorts in their efforts for going four-season destinations. Therefore the whole amusement and leisure time industry is getting even more concentrated as the winter sports are mixing up with the summertime water rides - in time and space. A process of concentration can be observed in the hybrid segments of theme-, amusement-, and waterparks.

Waterparks has become more and more popular since the 50's. Over a thousand waterparks can be found in the United States and a few dozens of new parks opens each year so this can be considered as the largest and most concentrated market of waterparks. Major organizations are IAAPA (International Associotion of Amusement Parks and Attractions; www.iaapa.org) a WWA (World Waterpark Association; www.wwa.org).

List of water parks

Notable water parks include:

  • Russia
    • Transvaal Park in Moscow - in 2004 27 people were killed when a roof collapsed


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Water park-like spaces

Spaces that are similar to waterparks include spas (a continuum from the original evolution of waterparks from spas), urban beaches, and splash pads, as well as smaller waterplay areas such as waterslides in many hotels and public pools. For example, the Delta Chelsea hotel in Toronto features a four storey waterslide called the "corkscrew".

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