The 190-foot-tall whirling aerial swing in the Wunderland Kalkar amusement park, near the German-Dutch border, claims an unusual distinction: It's the only ride in the world constructed in a decommissioned nuclear cooling tower. (You can read our primer on nuclear power plants here.) In 1995, Dutch developer Hennie van der Most bought the defunct nuclear power plant from the German government. The site was supposed to house an SNR 300 fast breeder reactor, built from 1972 to 1985, but it never became fully operational.
After the sale, van der Most converted the plant site into a theme park and recreation center. Wunderland Kalkar sees an average of 600,000 visitors a year and boasts more than 40 attractions, including rock-climbing on the outer walls of the cooling tower.
I pulled up on the internet a lot of images of this park. It appears to be similar to your average SIX Flags amusement park in USA. I think after the entire day of a family enjoying themselves at Wunderland Kalkar Park, they will leave with a GLOW of enjoyment following them, where ever they go there after. ;)
why learn from your own mistakes, when you could learn from the mistakes of others?
Never became fully operational........ But did it ever, at any point fire up and create a nuclear reaction of any kind? I would hope not seeing as how people are visiting this place as an amusement park. I would go and ride the rides, in MOP 4.
@Army Juggernaut: I don't think the nuclear reactors were loaded, or started for that matter, at any time. One would imagine, that the site would be more or less off-limits to the general public in such a case, decomissioned or not.
However, a cooling tower would not be a significantly more radioactive environment than your average playground, even if the plant had been in active use.
i'm with quintus, people are scared about the radio activity levels rising around nuclear power plants, really, the reactor doesn't just start spewing radiation into the surroundings, it's more likely to be from improper handling and disposal of the cooling water.
really i think that we as a nation need to get over our collective stigma about nuclear energy and build a few better plants. or upgrade the ones we have. Germany's already done it, do i have to evoke Godwin's law to prove my point?
to mars or bust!
I agree whole heartedly. I'm quite tired of the entire country, after being fired up by the media, running scared from anything with the term radioactive or nuclear on it. But then again, I heard people from my own company exclaim that they didn't know Japan was an island after the tsunami news broke... and my company makes medical devices and implants. So, maybe I expect too much.
My only problem with nuclear power is the MASSIVE amount of waste not only in the by-product but in the destructive mining of the uranium. Often leaving environmentally dangerous tailings which eventually leak out (even when controls put in place) and cause surrounding soil and watersheds to be write off's.
Additional to this is the FACT that MANY other renewable and safe options exist, and often at less resource cost. Unfortunately often these alternatives can have a inverse financial cost to set-up, even thought the tech and materials are in essence more efficient to accumulate,.
Personally, I think nuclear technology has its place, just don't think powering the global domestic world is it. The end result will be more waste, and we be throwing away the chance to setup a almost %100 clean renewable energy for future generations.
heck, next year im scheduled to go on a tour of chernobyl .. this is nothing but a nuclear themed theme park.
i'm going to an actual radioactive park :)
I don't see how renovating a formerly operational Nuclear Power Plant into a theme park would be a problem at all, considering the only place that would have contamination of concern would be the Reactor Compartment itself. For instance, what you're looking at in the pictures is the Cooling Tower, which is about as far removed from the contaminated systems as can be.
If this was an operational power plant, then the rest of the internals, by and large, would have received less radiation than most buildings simply because of how well shielded they are, and thusly also block out solar radiation.
Nuclear Power is still the safest option, and still irradiates the environment far less than Coal.
As for waste? I believe PopSci had an article suggesting dropping waste-filled tungsten balls to the bottom of the ocean, which would then "meltdown" into the earth's crust.