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An abandoned water park that looks like a 'forgotten paradise' has been captured in photographs days before its demolition.

With slides long dried up and the Amazonian themed décor devastated by graffiti, the final days look bleak for the once popular Atlantida Water Park in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria.

The once vibrant palm trees are now wilted and the pipelines that joyful children whizzed through into the waters below now lie rusted.

An abandoned water park that looks like a 'forgotten paradise' has been captured in photographs days before its demolition

With slides long dried up and the Amazonian themed décor devastated by graffiti, the final days look bleak for the once popular Atlantida Water Park in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

The once vibrant palm trees are now wilted and the pipelines that joyful children whizzed through into the waters below now lie rusted

The tourist attraction closed in 2009 and is now set to be transformed into a 26million euro (£22million) shopping centre

Photographer Bob Thissen, 31, from Herleen in the Netherlands, slid past demolition equipment to capture the eerie establishment's final days

The tourist attraction closed in 2009 and is now set to be transformed into a 26million euro (£22million) shopping centre.

Photographer Bob Thissen, 31, from Herleen in the Netherlands, slid past demolition equipment to capture the eerie establishment's final days.

He said: 'The water park is pretty cool because it's not an ordinary water park, as I have seen often before.

'It's pretty large and it has a nice theme. You can see they spent quite a lot of money on the decorations - I especially liked the skeletons and cobra-head a lot.

'Sometimes a location's surroundings make it a lot cooler, to me this water park is a bit like a forgotten paradise.

Thissen said: 'The water park is pretty cool because it's not an ordinary water park, as I have seen often before'

Thissen said: 'It's pretty large and it has a nice theme. You can see they spent quite a lot of money on the decorations - I especially liked the skeletons and cobra-head a lot'

Bob has been urban exploring, also known as 'urbexing', for over nine years and captured this location last year

'I like the tropical backdrop of the park, the palm trees and rocky mountains.

'Wherever I go I always search for some abandoned places to explore and try to combine this.

'It turned out I was just in time. Demolition had already begun and some demolition equipment was already stalled at the entrance.'

Bob has been urban exploring, also known as 'urbexing', for over nine years and captured this location last year.

The scene now resembles a horror film set, with dirty pipes and slides and graffiti scarring the area

Clearly a lot of effort had been put into the Amazonian theme, which makes these images all the more striking

He added: 'Although I felt safe walking around the water park, almost the whole village could see me.

'I could see a few people calling on their balcony and didn't want to spend hours in a police station.

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