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Splashdown
Canford Heath, view across Splashdown - geograph.org.uk - 1056225.jpg
Location Tower Park, Poole, United Kingdom
Coordinates 50°44′46″N 1°57′06″W / 50.74622°N 1.95158°W / 50.74622; -1.95158Coordinates: 50°44′46″N 1°57′06″W / 50.74622°N 1.95158°W / 50.74622; -1.95158
Owner Alan Richmond
General Manager Howard Smith
Opened 1990
Operating season Open all year (weekends only out of season)
Water slides 8 indoor and 5 outdoor (summer only) water slides
Website http://poole.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/

Splashdown is a water park located at the Tower Park complex near to Poole, Dorset, England. The park opened in 1990 and was one of the founding attractions at Tower Park. The park experiences approximately 180,000 visitors a year.

It has 8 indoor water slides which operate all year round and 5 outside rides which operate only during the summer season. There is also a wet play area and small training pool for youngsters.

Timeline

  • 1990 - Park opens with 7 original rides
  • 1996 - Treasure Falls Flume is renamed Black Thunder with added 'thunder and lightning' effects
  • 1998 - Outside Screamer tower is built, a 15m high tower adding three new flumes: The Screamer, Louisiana Leap and Tennessee Twister
  • 2002 - The Spacebowl ride is installed inside the main hall and a new 1m deep swimming pool is opened for small children
  • 2005 - Major re-modelling of the Tower Park complex involved demolition of the large front tower containing the start of the Torpedo Run flume. A smaller tower has been built and the flume is re-branded the Dragon's Lair, starting lower down with sound and light effects
  • 2009 - The company acquires the Quaywest water park in Paignton, Devon, re-branding it Splashdown@Quaywest
  • 2012 - New slide Velocity is added to the outside tower. The company takes over the Monkey Bizness soft play area at Tower Park; it is now operating under the name Lemur Landings
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