JG-77 wrote:Ankapark is opening this Monday (according to RCDB)!!!
Unfortunately I wouldn't be so sure about that. Here is why:
Since November 2017 the park didn't post any news on their Facebook page. Wondering about this abrupt end of information flow I searched the internet and found this article
There you can read that the initiator and protegé of the project, Melih Gökçek, was removed by its party (!) as major of Ankara. He was replaced by Mustafa Tuna, which is not that big of an AnkaPark fan as his predecessor.
The new major was shocked that the park has already cost around 400 million dollars and decided to put the whole thing up for a public discussion.
Now, three things to consider:
1. There was already a big investment, and just cancelling the project would vaporize the money spent.
2. On the other hand, the initial idea was to drag millions of tourists to Ankara, which in my opinion is not very likely to happen. The number of tourists declined dramatically lately in turkey and the main destinations are still Istanbul and the Mediterranean coast.
3. If I remember correctly, none of the coasters was a custom model. So they will be able to sell them more easily.
Sad rumors, I know. But I hope this park will go live sometime, maybe even on April 23rd - who knows?