Transvaal Park

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Transvaal Park
Former Transvaal Park building and a chapel to commemorate the victims
Location Yasenevo, Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°35′53″N37°31′46″E / 55.59806°N 37.52944°E / 55.59806; 37.52944 Coordinates: 55°35′53″N37°31′46″E / 55.59806°N 37.52944°E / 55.59806; 37.52944
Theme African
OpenedJune 2002 (2002-06)
ClosedFebruary 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)

Transvaal Park was a popular waterpark in Yasenevo, a south district of Moscow, Russia. With several large, heated pools, including a wave pool and twisting "river" for tubing, it became one of the most popular attractions in the Moscow area and a symbol of the country's bloom of private enterprise. It was based on an African theme, and its name came from the South African province of Transvaal. It also included a sauna. When the water park had been open for two years, the roof collapsed with fatalities.



The park opened in June 2002. [1] At 7:15 p.m. on February 14, 2004 the roof of the park collapsed, killing 28 people, including 8 children, and injuring 193, including 51 children. [2] Architect Nodar Kancheli, who had designed the structure, claimed that terrorists likely attacked the attraction, but the cause turned out to be a faulty design. [3] [4]

In a Dutch publication (2015) "stress corrosion cracking" of stainless steel fasteners or other loaded stainless steel elements was suggested as being the cause of this accident.

On April 2, 2013 a new water park  Moreon   was opened on the former site of Transvaal Park. [5]

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