A part of the Oka Gemchugina (also known as Okskaya Zhemcuzhina) Family Entertainment Resort, Gorki Waterpark covers 7,200 square meters (77,500 square feet). Set up on two levels, the resort-which includes an adjoining hotel-offers recreation for all ages in a complex designed and supplied byPolin Waterparks and Pool Systems.
On the upper level, families with small children can lounge in an artificial lake with mini slides, fountains and showers. Below, the main level caters to adults with extreme waterslides, two pools, a solarium, a leisure river, a whirlpool and a variety of other amusement rides.
Days before the waterpark’s official opening, thermometers in the local region were registering highs that were below normal by 18 degrees Celsius. Pipes throughout the region were bursting, schools were closed and flights had been disrupted due to the extreme weather. But inside the gleaming new facility, local officials basked in balmy temperatures as warm water lapped at the edges of the leisure river and rolled in from the wave pool.
Elena Tsareva, vice president of the regional government, attended the ceremony on behalf of Governor Oleg Kovalev. She offered congratulations on the inaugural event, as did other officials in attendance, including Galina Sokolova, the deputy minister of culture and tourism of the Ryazan region.
The new waterpark-which can accommodate as many as 1,000 guests each day- is part of a federal program designed to encourage increased domestic tourism. Tsareva cited the project as “a good example of public-private partnership.”
Besides the waterpark and hotel, the Oka Gemchugina complex includes several restaurants and a modern spa. The spa features a Finnish sauna, a Turkish hammam and a Russian bathhouse. In the next few months, the spa will offer treatments such as wraps, peels and massages using natural essential oils.
In addition, a family entertainment center is under construction and is expected to open before the end of the year.
As this final section of the Oka Gemchugina complex is finished, other new attractions will begin to open nearby-additional projects that are also part of the federal program’s regional tourism and recreation area. These new attractions will include a fishing village, yacht club, a complex of guest houses and another hotel. Officials expect the last of these projects to be completed in 2015.
Polin-which now operates a satellite office in Krasnador, Russia-installed a variety of slides at the
<align=”left”>Gorki Waterpark to ensure that all guests could find a ride they enjoyed. Selim Doguoglu, head of Polin’s Russian office, says that to accommodate as many attractions as possible, the company tried to use the building’s footprint to its greatest advantage.
For example, he said, “Our engineers developed an ingenious design that placed the majority of the slides’ pathways outside the building.” Guests enter the slides from inside the facility, then zip through tunnels on the building’s exterior. They twist and turn through adrenalin-pumping passages before looping back into the building for a splash down inside. “By extending the slides outside, we had more room on the interior to include a wider variety of attractions. No matter what their mood, I know guests at Gorki Waterpark will find a slide that fits their interests,” Doguoglu said.
Polin included some of its most popular attractions in the facility’s development. They include:
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