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    From its humble beginnings as a church playground for the children of the Basilica of Our Lady of Dadizele, Dadipark would became Belgiumís first private amusement park.

    Originally built in 1950 as a playground for the children of pilgrims visiting the nearby basilica, by 1980 the schoolyard equipment had been replaced with amusement rides and opened to tourists and those in town on pilgrimage. For a time the park enjoyed great success, entertaining a million visitors during its peak year, and for a time containing what was, at 800 meters, the longest monkey bridge in Europe. However things took a turn for the worse as the increasingly rundown rides became more and more hazardous. Finally in 2000 a boy lost his arm on the Nautic Jet ride, and by 2002, the site was closed down for "renovations." Unfortunately these improvements never took place and the park was simply abandoned, never to reopen.

    Today the park lies in shambles, slated for demolition since 2011. Most of the larger rides were demolished, but many of the buildings and simpler attractions remain. Where Dadipark was built to cater to local Catholic children and religious tourists, the rusting site only ended up catering to pilgrims as urban explorers. Unfortunately Dadipark was demolished, and plans are underway to turn the site into a hiking park.






    Entrance to the Nautic Jet Attraction, where the boy lost his arm.











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    Fantastic pics. (I'm into buildings & sites in decay heavily.) This place is really famous in Flanders (northern Dutch speaking part of Belgium where this amusement park is located). I wish they would leave it as is but of course business wise that makes no sense.

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