New Indoor Waterpark is Largest in Russia’s Volga Region

Ulyanovsk Indoor Waterpark is understood to be the first phase of an ambitious family-friendly sports and leisure complex – Alexandrovsky Park.

Just a quick look at online reviews reveals the positive welcome that the Ulyanovsk Indoor Waterpark has received since its soft opening last summer (2016) and its official opening in December 2016. Guests describe their experience at the facility as “excellent, “great,” “awesome,” “cool,” “super” and “delighted.”

Deemed the largest aquatic complex in the Volga Region, a historical area in Russia adjacent to the Volga River, the facility is filled with a large assortment of Polin Waterpark’s popular waterslides and one of its custom children’s aquatic play areas.

The two-level indoor waterpark covers about 12,500 square meters (134,548 square feet). Guests enjoy seven unique water slides, three pools and a sauna complex.

An auspicious opening with big goals

The project, which kicked off in 2011, was initially expected to require 200 million rubles (US$3.5 million) in investment capital and was said to be just the beginning of the development of a sports and family-friendly complex to be known as Alexandrovsky Park. When the area’s Board of Investment originally approved the project, they encouraged the developers to consider increasing the area of the waterpark in the future and cited it as a “significant investment project.”

First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the region, Aleksandra Smekalina, noted the facility represents a socially significant project not just for residents but also neighboring regions as a tourism attraction.

The existing facility – expected to host 90,000 guests a year and provide 100 jobs – opened last summer to its first visitors. Its official ceremony took place at the…

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