The Paleo Park is a combination of a theme water amusement park and an educational and research platform, whose aim is to highlight and promote this archaeological site on the coastline of Bale. Particular focus shall be placed on educating the youngest generations, by establishing co-operation with nurseries, as well as with primary and secondary schools, thus enabling them to find out more about this unique site by taking a walk though the theme park. The Paleo Park will be open on 26th of May.
Paleo Park, what is it exactly?
Paleo Park grew out of the idea of creating a paleontological park, primarily meant to educate, amuse, prompt curiosity and desire to explore.
Considering the close proximity of the paleontological site, nature set the theme for the park. The area around the pool represents a theme park featuring dinosaur replica models in different sizes and provides an educational walk to showcase the fascinating history of dinosaurs.
The Paleo Park complex is located in the camping Mon Perin area along the coast of San Polo - Colona - Paravia. The complex spreads over an area of 16.199 sqm, blending in well with the surroundings without affecting the natural shape of the terrain.
The complex consists of entrance/reception area, Jacuzzi, indoor restaurant, covered outdoor bar area, bathroom facilities, sunbathing area and a souvenir shop.
Dinosaurs in Bale
Dinosaur bones, including a back vertebra of Histriasaurus, the world’s oldest known member of the strange sauropod (long-necked plant-eating dinosaur) group Rebbachisauridae, were found in the Bay of Colona in Bale beginning in 1992.
Remains of meat-eating dinosaurs and a large sauropod related to the giant Brachiosaurus have been discovered as well.
This amazing discovery put Bale on the World List of Paleontological Sites at the World Congress of Paleontologists in Beijing in 1995.
As far as is known, Bale is the only site in the world to preserve the fossils of these extinct reptiles under the sea. Dinosaur fossils at Bale are about 130 million years old.
Including species known from footprints found elsewhere in Istria, at least ten dinosaur species are believed to have lived in the area.
Dinosaur-shaped swimming pool
The swimming pool area consists of three smaller pools and a hot tub.
The spacious outdoor swimming pool area of 706 sqm includes the pool for adults (480 sqm, 135 cm deep), kids’ pool (100 sqm, 45 cm deep), and a pool with massage seats (30 m2, 90 cm deep). Next to the main pool is a Jacuzzi of 20 sqm and 90 cm deep.
Access paths and terraces (sunbathing areas) fit in by way of cascade in the surrounding terrain, without affecting its configuration.
Paleo Park amenities
The Paleo Park complex includes a range of amenities in the form of pavilions and in particular:
- restaurant with the respective terrace;
- souvenir shop
- bathroom facilities for visitors
- changing rooms
The restaurant offers daily fresh salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas.
The facility features also:
- three swimming pools
- sunbathing area
- kids’ sandpits with exposed dinosaur bones.
Landscaping and environmental protection
When developing the Paleo Park special attention was paid not to disrupt the landscape characteristics and to preserve indigenous vegetation.
The Paleo Park grounds have been landscaped with Mediterranean plants in complete harmony with the natural environment.
The park grounds include a relaxation area, a sunbathing area over 3,000 sqm, a playground area, and kids’ sandpits with exposed dinosaur bones.