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Boris Trajkovski Aqua Park Opens in Macedonia’s Capital

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Opening ceremonies attended by the Prime Minister Mr. Nikola Gruevski and the City’s Mayor Mr. Koce Trajanovski

The new government-funded Boris Trajkovski Aqua Park in Skopje, Macedonia celebrated its opening with a special ceremony on July 21, 2013. Home to about one third of the Balkan country’s population, Skopje is the largest city in Macedonia, as well as its capital.

Ratko Kapusevski, Boris Trajkovski Aqua Park’s director, said that they “expect this new aqua park will allow our area to provide guests with even more reasons to visit our remarkable city.” The attraction compliments the city’s “Skopje 2014” operation, a project with the focus of building on the area’s historic roots. Along with the new aqua park, the project has included the erection of new statues, fountains, bridges, and museums.

Skopje 2014 dream begins to take shape

Prime Minister Mr. Nikola Gruevski, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony in January, was joined by Skopje’s Mayor Mr. Koce Trajanovski at the opening ceremonies for the city’s first aqua park. The investment, named after former president Boris Trajkovski whose presidency ended when he died in a 2004 plane crash on his way to an economic summit, is estimated to be around just EUR€4.2 million, and was built by Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems of Turkey.

Representatives from Polin also attended the ceremony, including President Dr. Baris Pakis and Head of Sales and Design, Dr. Kubilay Alpdogan.

“Polin is honored to supply our rides for this project. The government was committed turning this dream into reality. ” Mr. Baris Pakis said Sunday, citing the fact that it is the first aqua park in the city. “It was an absolute pleasure to work in Macedonia, and we look forward to partnerships in the future.”

A Perfect Playground

With summertime precipitation rarely an issue, Skopje’s climate lends itself well to the attractions of a waterpark. Most rainfall in Skopje occurs from April to June and October to December. Summers are long, hot, and humid with average temperatures of 31° C (88° F), though high temperatures sometimes reach 40° C (104° F).

Construction for the waterpark began in March, and despite taking place during the rainy season, the park was open in time for summer. Kapusevski says the waterpark “will be Skopje’s main summer attraction,” while providing “a direct impact on local tourism efforts and on the Karpos municipality’s economy.” The park also has 35 lifeguards and created at least 40 new jobs.

Using its new office in Macedonia, Polin worked with local Macedonian construction and electrical companies, Zikol and Elektrounion, to build the facility. It includes 10 waterslides, a children’s pool, a wave pool, a leisure river, an administrative building, a restaurant and bar, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and a first-aid station.

Specifically, some of the major attractions at the new park includes:

  • A Multisurf waterslide with head-first mat racing.
  • A Turbolance with Flying Boats, an extreme slide with a water-propelled uphill ride followed by steep drops that end in a splash pool.
  • A Space Boat, which combines the elements of Polin’s Space Hole with its Black Hole attraction.
  • A Body Slide that propels riders along a slide of both drops and straight-aways at different speeds.
  • An Aquatube, a fast ride that can include both visual and auditory special effects.
  • A kids area with a rabbit slide, giraffe shower, mushroom fountain, mini octopus slide and a pirate-themed multi-level water-play structure with slides, tipping buckets, water cannons and net climbs.

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    More on Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems:

    Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of waterparks, waterslides & water play attractions. More than 2000 waterpark projects in more than 82 countries around the world have been completed by Polin, and Polin is the biggest waterslide supplier in Eurasia. Working with a wide variety of clients has helped Polin reach several milestones, including installing the first waterparks of many countries and many other award winning rides at parks with world-renowned reputations. Polin offers the industry's widest range of products, including signature rides such as the patented King Cobra, Magic Spheres, Spheres, Magi Cone and Space Shuttle.

    Polin is the pioneer in the advancement and application of closed-molded manufacturing technology in waterslide development. First implemented in 2006, 100% of Polin's annual fiberglass production has been converted to resin transfer molding (RTM), and meets the industry's highest standards. Polin offers both bowl rides and family rides featuring RTM techniques. Polin also offers its unique and patented Natural Light Effect technology, Special Pattern Effects technology in RTM and translucent RTM waterslides.Polin is an ISO9001 certificate holder by TUV Germany since 2003, all Polin slides  conform to European norms, all steel parts conform to international DIN standarts, all designs conform to ASTM practices, and Polin is also CSEI approved for projects in China. Polin is the only waterslide company that holds a quality certificate for all of its waterslides by TUV, and was the 2012 Export Winner of Turkey in the SMSE Category. Polin has a high plant capacity with production in 3 existing plants in Turkey. By the end of 2013, a 4th facility will be open. Polin's team totals 500 people, with five offices throughout the world.

    Polin is committed to providing the best-quality product and service by investing in continuous research and development. The company plans to further expand its L-RTM line while introducing new signature rides and innovations.For more information, visit www.polin.com.tr  

    For additional information, contact Sohret Pakis at +90 262 656 64 67 or sohret.pakis@polin.com.tr. Please visit us at www.polin.com.tr for product information, news, events and other updates.

 
 
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