Few places have seen as much change in Dalmatia over the last ten years as Dugopolje. Once a small sleepy town, the arrival of the motorway from Zagreb changed the fortunes of the town forever. As the closest point to Split from the motorway, there has been a surge in traffic. Just as significant is the huge out of town shopping complexes which have sprung up, and maybe people looking to shop in Split head out to the big stores by the motorway.
Work started this week on another project, and quite a cool one. Covering some 120,000m2, the Dalmatia Water Park will have some 14 slides from heights up to 12 metres, and provide employment for up to 150 people. The initial investment will be 220 million kuna, with another 80 million earmarked once the first phase of construction is completed in mid-2015. Central Dalmatia Tourist Board director Josko Stella told news portal Dalje that the water park would be the biggest tourism project in Croatia next year.
In a sign of the more international world Croatia is about to enter on July 1, the investor is the Hungarian government via the Hungarian Investment Bank, and the company Margaritum doo who will constuct the park has its roots in Luxemburg, while a Turkish company Polin will provide the equipment for the park.
Lots of cool pictures of how the park will look. Check them out here.