A CREEPY abandoned theme park was left to rot for years after a boy lost his arm on a ride and it was forced to shut down.
Dadipark in Belgium – once the oldest amusement park in Europe – closed its doors nearly 20 years ago after a nine-year-old reportedly had his arm ripped off on a water ride.
Filled with swings, slides, carousels and bumper car rides and covering nearly 30 acres, the tourist attraction was hugely popular with children for years.
It drew one million visitors during its peak year – and even had the longest rope bridge in Europe for some time.
But the park was soon plagued by a number of accidents as the rundown rides became more and more dangerous.
The most serious incident took place in 2000 when a boy lost his arm while on the popular Nautic Jet ride – sparking a huge fall in visitor numbers and a string of safety complaints.
The park, originally built in 1950 as a church playground, eventually closed its doors in 2002 for “renovation” work.
But it never reopened – and it was left to rot for years.
Nearly a decade ago, photographer Kris Van de Sande, 28, captured chilling pictures of the rusting graffiti-covered rides at the tourist attraction.
He said the whole park had been “invaded by nature” after being left untouched since it shut down nearly 20 years ago.
“A boy lost his arm on the nautical jet attraction,” he said.
“After that people started to complain about safety in the park.
“Visitor numbers dwindled and the park closed in 2002 for major renovations, but never reopened.
“Several groups started to try and re-open the park, but their attempts weren’t fruitful.
“There were a lot of plants around because nature had been left to take over. Nature started to reclaim the park, with all of the attractions still intact, but in disrepair.
“Graffiti artists also claimed some of the walls – one hall was used as an impromptu skate-park.”
In 2004, investors showed an interest in turning Dadipark into a modern theme park – but planning regulations and funding issues crushed the plans.
It was a hotspot for urban explorers for years before it was eventually demolished in 2012.
Plans are underway to turn the site into a hiking area.