Transvaal Park – An Abandoned Waterpark in Russia

Transvaal Park was a waterpark located in Yasenevo, near Moscow in Russia. It was based on the South African province of Transvaal and had an African theme. It included heated pools and a tubing river however in February 2008 the roof collapsed killing 28 people. The park has been abandoned ever since. If you’re interested in abandoned waterparks, check out our posts about Aquatic Paradis and Disney’s River Country.

The following news report about the accident comes from the New York Times –

The snow-covered glass roof of a Moscow water park collapsed Saturday evening onto hundreds of people, killing at least 21, including three children, and injuring 106, the authorities said.

Initial reports said the roof at Transvaal Park collapsed after an explosion, but Moscow’s mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, and other officials later said there was no evidence of a blast.

Investigators were considering various theories, including an accumulation of snow, the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, or the seepage of water into the concrete supports.

Four bodies, including a child’s, were recovered from the rubble early Sunday, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported, citing the Emergency Situations Ministry.

The roof collapsed about 7:30 p.m. as the water park in Moscow’s southwestern suburbs was filled with people basking in its heat while temperatures outside hovered around 5 degrees. About 800 people were in the complex, an emergency official said. Rescue workers rushed bloodied, moaning people clad in bikinis and swim trunks on stretchers to waiting ambulances.

Location: Yasenevo, Russia

Category: Theme Park

Abandoned: 2008


Transvaal Water Park

Abandoned Waterpark in Russia

4 thoughts on “Transvaal Park – An Abandoned Waterpark in Russia

  • August 29, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Hey, just some information. Transvaal and the park pictured above are actually two separate parks. The one noted above was actually never finished.

    After the Transvaal accident, the water park trend failed. The park noted above was never finished because the all the funding began to fall through.

    It is really sad – it looks like it would have been so much fun once it was finished.

  • May 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The park is located in Russia meant to host the World Youth Games in 1998. The project began in 1997 and wasn't prepared in time for the games. Construction continued until 2002 where Russia said f**k it and left.


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