Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

In the 1950s, Gaston Deweer, a priest in Dadizele, Belgium, helped open up Dadipark, an amusement park meant to serve children of pilgrims to the Basilica of Our Lady of Dadizele. After complaints about the park's safety and a tragic accident, the park closed down for good in 2002. Now it's a graveyard for discarded rides, and covered in graffiti.

Dadipark is Belgium's oldest amusement park, and it still holds what was once Europe's longest bridge. Although it was once a popular tourist attraction, it was plagued by dangerous incidents in its later years. In the worst of these incidents, a young boy had to have his arm amputated after riding the park's Jet Boat. Originally, Dadipark was supposed to be reopened after a year, newly renovated, but it remains closed to this day. Developers have eyed the property with the hope of turning it into a modern amusement park, but none of those plans have come to fruition. Now the park attracts a different sort of tourist, those who come to see what the decaying park has become.

Dadipark [Jollypix via reddit]

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park

Tour the graffiti-covered ruins of Belgium's dangerous amusement park