Splashdown: York Waterworld is reduced to rubble – 24 pictures

Deep water no more – a sign from one of the baths at Waterworld. Photographs: YorkMix
31 Jan 2016 @ 5.01 pm
| Environment, News
Deep water no more – a sign from one of the baths at Waterworld. Photographs: YorkMix
Deep water no more – a sign from one of the baths at Waterworld. Photographs: YorkMix

A favourite of families for many years, this is all that’s left of York Waterworld.

The iconic building, with its wave-shaped roof and outdoor chutes, has been reduced to rubble.

The fun pool closed last November, as part of the plan to create the York Community Stadium.

That project includes a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool with a separate teaching and fun pool, although without the chutes or “lazy river” which made Waterworld so popular.

A lot of families are disappointed to see it go. This comment on Facebook is typical of the feeling of many:

When my children were little and Water World was new it was a fantastic place to go. This was 20 years ago of course and sadly it has been left to go downhill.

I only hope the new pool is as much fun.

– Nicola Ward

The stadium project, already behind schedule, might be delayed further, according to a report in the York Press last week.

End of an era

Where that ‘Deep Water’ sign resides now
Where that ‘Deep Water’ sign resides now
What remains of the iconic tubes from the exterior of the building
What remains of the iconic tubes from the exterior of the building
One of the pools amid the rubble
One of the pools amid the rubble
A close-up of the notice in that pool
A close-up of the notice in that pool
You can see how deep the water used to be
You can see how deep the water used to be
Not much left to knock down
Not much left to knock down
You certainly wouldn't want a dip in that water…
You certainly wouldn’t want a dip in that water…
The rubble where Waterworld once stood
The rubble where Waterworld once stood
A family playground no more
A family playground no more
This will be a sad sight for many families
This will be a sad sight for many families
A wider view of the scene, with the new M&S in the background
A wider view of the scene, with the new M&S in the background
The tunnel which once formed part of Waterworld's ‘lazy river’
The tunnel which once formed part of Waterworld’s ‘lazy river’
Keep out: the site is not safe
Keep out: the site is not safe
Some of the vehicles used by the team dismantling Waterworld
Some of the vehicles used by the team dismantling Waterworld
No custmers and nowhere to park now
No customers and nowhere to park now
Flattened, ready for the new building
Flattened, ready for the new building
The old steps up to the entrance can be seen in this picture
The old steps up to the entrance can be seen in this picture
Another view showing the steps and pool
Another view showing the steps and pool
A sea of mud, with the lazy river tunnel in the background
A sea of mud, with the lazy river tunnel in the background
Home of happy memories: how York Waterworld used to look. Photograph © Google Street View
Home of happy memories: how York Waterworld used to look. Photograph © Google Street View
The interior of Waterworld as many will remember it. Photograph: York Waterworld
The interior of Waterworld as many will remember it. Photograph: York Waterworld
This picture shows an earlier stage in the demolition, from January 16, 2016
This picture shows an earlier stage in the demolition, from January 16, 2016
And what remains today
And what remains today