(eap) Germany’s Aqua Marien leisure and adventure pool complex, which opened in 1997 in Marienberg in the Ore Mountains in Saxony and recently recorded an annual attendance of some 280,000 guests, has recently started into a comprehensive modernization phase. In the course of the various planned measures, which will be undertaken during ongoing operations when possible, five new outdoor slides and an indoor slide will be built. Amongst other models, it will be a speed slide and two mirrored tube slides coming to the pool complex. The two existing slide attractions will be demolished at the end of this year in order to make room for the new additions. Children can already look forward to a new spray park with numerous water play options. In addition, there will be a course pool with a lifting floor for various uses, rest areas and a water cinema in an extension building in the future. A large event sauna will be built for sauna fans.
In order to finance the extensive modernization measures, the Aqua Marien pool received subsidies. The Free State of Saxony and the federal government are providing financial support totaling 17.9 million euros – an amount that is to cover 90 percent of the total costs. The bath itself plans to cover the remaining ten percent with own funds. Work on the roof of the adventure pool started a few weeks ago, and the water world is due to be completely modernized in 2025. ■