Sky Park Tenerife To Bounce Back?


If you guessed the big metal arch in Torviscas was part of a giant McBurger drive in you would be wrong. The large abandoned area just behind San Eugenio was Sky Park, an ambitious bungee jumping theme park that had a short and patchy history over 10 years ago. There was I flying back to the UK a few weeks ago when I saw a large advert in a Canarian newspaper offering the forgotten leisure area for sale or rent – that untapped quite a few memories.

It was in my early days (2002) with The Western Sun as a cub reporter (I think cub was the word people yelled at me) when I joined a pre opening tour of the park. It was all very high tech and impressive although there is no way you would ever get me to dangle on a length of knicker elastic, even if it was over a vat of beer. Bureaucracy was even worse in those days and there were delays galore in getting the park doors open, then the police closed it just a few days later and so the game went on.

Finally up and running and sometimes using the alternative name of Water World, they hosted a joint live broadcast afternoon in August featuring Power FM with their recently aquired subsidiary Waves FM, and Oasis FM. This was the second part of the inter radio challenges, the first was a paintball face off at a site just south of Playa San Juan. It was a fun event around the many pools and on a range of bungee rides. The daddy of them all was the mega tall jump from a crane platform, it could be adjusted so you dipped gently into the pool or stopped just short.

One remarkable wheelchair bound ex soldier did the jump in his chair ending up just above the pool. I was snapping away at the amazing feat thinking what good pics it would make, unfortunately while it was going on I missed four young female Waves FM presenters flashing their ample charms as they whizzed back and forth on the bungee swing ride. The climax of the afternoon was a head first leap off challenge between Chris Elkington boss of Oasis FM and Gavin Watson his opposite number at Power Fm and Waves FM. What can I say, Chris hurled himself down but Gavin was not available and Charlie Thornley of Waves FM had to uphold the west coast honour with a dive that Ronaldo would have been proud of. Sadly the report of that afternoon is the only Sky Park article I have in my small archive.

There were other visits, FAILTE held their St Patricks Day party there and at one time the lounge bar on the complex was a mini night club that held music and comedy nights with shuttle buses from around the south. Those good times were all too few and the next enforced closure was final leaving the prime site to the elements, there was a newspaper report a few months ago of a small fire in a shed on the site, maybe people living rough?

I believe the area can only be used for leisure rather than building apartments and the advert stressed for sale or rent, quite a lot of the infrastructure is still standing. It’s return would make an interesting addition to the Tenerife leisure scene so if you have a big wad of cash contact (yes that spelling). I promise that given another chance I wont miss any sky high female flashing.



June 18th, 2015 8:46 am

Hi Colin

Been sent this link, and brought back many memories of the day!

I remember being thrown in the pool by a load of kids holding a rather expensive amount of radio kit!

Small correction to the piece, Gavin did the jump in the end! There is some audio knocking around of him doing it. I had to be very quick on the mic fader in case some rude words slipped out!

Hope you are well! All the best
Spencer James
Former Waves FM and Power FM Presenter (although now back on Power…)

June 18th, 2015 12:03 pm

Still here you on the radio sometimes, happy days in Puerto de Santiago. I remember you andthee boys arriving at the painball in a jeep with the A Team theme blaring out. Glad Gavin did the jump, think he couldn’t do it before thee live broadcast ran out so Charlie dived in. Cheers

June 28th, 2016 7:19 am

I was the first one to do the jump in my wheelchair which I did twice.second time to the local papers and radio.I still have the video somewhere.I was asked if I was Croatian because of the football top.

June 29th, 2016 4:17 am

Happy Days. A year on and nothing has changed at the Skypark site.

March 26th, 2017 10:01 am

I love the way you have written about this incredible place, but how did it get abandoned?

March 30th, 2017 3:19 am

Beaurocracy is the usual cause over here-they make business´s jump through so many hoops and often a little sweetener is required to the right political people. Once it had closed a few times it was on a slippery slope. Seems crazy that it is just left to rot, it´s prime land and the structures must be worth a decent bit of money in salvage value. Thank you for taking an interest in my blog.

Jim Staynings
June 6th, 2017 2:46 am

I think Sky Park started to go into decline in 2004 with the untimely death of one of the main people that ran the park. Not sure what happened with the park after that. But sad to hear that it closed. And it has made me now wonder if the bench in the park dedicated to this person is still there.

June 6th, 2017 4:13 am

There is security on site, maybe I can get let in and find the bench – that would make a nice update. Thanks for your comment.

Paul Crawford
June 11th, 2017 3:06 am

Probably get slammed for this but here goes
I help build the Park from day 1, i used to
run the Bungee Rocket in town before the guys
from Bristol offered me a job, as long as i
helped build it.
It was only supposed to be one tower and one pool
but after an advert in a Bristol paper for
investors and £15mil later the park was built
The biggest issue was there was no budget
for advertising from the beginning, numbers dropped, staff reduced, finally becoming almost a
money laundering pit
After closure, 12 of us took the company to court
for our final pay, holiday pay and redundancy
2 years later and many trips to court we finally got our rewards. Investors, many became going friends
were left with broken promises and epmtt bank accounts. I could go on but as some of the funds were….lets leave it there
The Ayuntamiento wanted the land for the
north/south train stop, just sad to see this
once loved area go to waste ?

June 14th, 2017 4:16 am

Thanks for the info, very interesting. Any idea who owns the site, the for sale ad a few years ago that triggered my post can´t have found a buyer. Even the arches must be worth something as scrap metal. The train idea seems to be derailed at the moment. I feel sorry for the people who lost money on the park and those who worked there.

June 17th, 2017 1:46 pm

Just came back from Tenerife. Our hotel was opposite and it looks as if there is building work going on to redo it up

July 6th, 2017 6:04 pm

Visited Tenerife last July, my hotel was just up the road from Sky Park. Checked this blog out then and decided to look back a year later as I am currently in Lanzarote. Was wondering if there was anyone who has a current picture of sky park or if they can post a description on if there have been any significant changes over the past year. Thanks, A!

July 7th, 2017 2:51 am

No changes i´m afraid. It could stand there for ever-noone responded to the advert to sell the site and or the park. Shame as it´s prime land and even the metalwork must have some scrap value.

December 16th, 2017 7:39 am

I’m here as I write this I was woundering happened to the sky park as it looks like it’s been closed for a while but may be there’s hope as there’s people in there cleaning the place up weather for rent or sale purposes I haven’t a clue but fingers crossed to be reopened as it look quite a decent park

December 20th, 2017 7:21 am

I will have another dig and see if there is any updates on the site.

January 2nd, 2018 3:34 am

I am in Tenerife for the new year. Currently sat on my balcony having a cup of tea this morning, 10-15am Jan 2018 and have noticed a crane in the sky park lifting some cutting gear around. Looks like they are going to dismantle all the steelwork.

Been coming to Tenerife for years but never knew about the sky park as we were always in Los Cristianos, what a shame.

January 2nd, 2018 6:22 am

2 jan 2018. Cranes at skypark today. Watching from toviscas apartment cross beam from bungee tower down and rest is folliwing so end is nigh for Park guys!!!

January 3rd, 2018 4:42 am

Mystery solved.
Launched today, December 15th, Expovida 2020 is a new tourism and health concept, inviting the world’s leading health innovators and providers to come together under one roof, in Adeje, in the perfect location, the Canary Islands.
In what was Sky Park, this private enterprise, at a projected cost of €150 million, completely funded by private enterprise, will be a permanent expo offering tourists a new reason to visit Adeje.  With 1,600 m2 the space will have a myriad of zones featuring different aspects of health and wellbeing, and will be inviting different countries and companies to use the space to promote the latest medical and technological developments in the world of health.
The building will be topped by a massive sculpture of ‘Evva’, an interactive sculpture as, says architect Roberto Delgado, the interior of the ‘body’ will house different salons for learning, promotion, and interaction with health exponents and providers.
Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira spoke at the launch of the project welcoming the initiative, “a pioneer at European level and an axis for health and wellbeing.  With this initiative Adeje will become a reference point for investigation, diagnostics and health-related conferences and events from both professional and training points of view. “

Chris Allum
January 20th, 2018 4:22 pm

No one park was closed because of massive cost overruns in the build programming and little if any was a great project..I started it all and spent a total of 10 years on the project.. the main tower I built in canada and used in the 1995/1996 X Games World Bungy Jumping Championships in Providence Rhode Island USA before shipping it all to Tenerife in 1997..anyone interested can email me..Bungy Jumping.. Yes..Bungy..still ” keeping the .Y. in coming back to this space…

January 23rd, 2018 3:47 am

Thanks for the update Colin! Sad to see Sky Park down for good but hopefully this new building does the area justice.

October 30th, 2018 11:48 am

In a hotel overlooking the old sky park area 30th October 2018 and the main arch is coming down today.

October 30th, 2018 12:45 pm

Sat watching the workmen cut the white frame down as we speak .

October 30th, 2018 12:46 pm

Looks like it’s over for the bungee just one piece of the frame is still erected standing tall 🙁

October 31st, 2018 4:35 am

Thanks for the update. Did you get any pics?

October 31st, 2018 4:36 am

Thanks for the info. Did you get any pics?

November 7th, 2018 2:42 pm

got a couple not very good tho

November 21st, 2018 1:35 am

I have happy memories of Skypark.
My ex wife and I met the owners daughter and her friends in Linekers Bar. Despite being older than them we had a great night together and were invited to join them at the park the following day as their guests We accepted the offer and had a great day with them. I have some photos somewhere of us all, in the pub and around the pool at the park.
I also still have our complimentary VHS tape titled “The Extreme Video Diary”. It includes promotional footage of the park as well as showing us on the swing with my ex screaming “F**kin hell” as we fell out of the sky. I’m also shown with the owners daughter on the “Ejector”. I have to confess that we turned down the offer of a free bungy jump.
Shame to read that the park isn’t still up and running. I assumed it was.
I’m ashamed to admit I’ve forgotton the names of our holiday friends, but “Hi” if you happen to read this. (Graham & Ann x)
The customer names written on our vidieo are: Johana/Ma & Andreas/Pa. ?
Happy days.

November 22nd, 2018 4:59 am

Can´t believe how much feedback I´m getting on Skypark, thanks for your reply. I thought it was something different for Tenerife to offer, shame the local authorities didn´t encourage them more.

May 19th, 2019 12:38 pm

The old Ski Park remains derelict at this time (19/5/19). It has been interesting to learn about its history, hopefully the planned health point will be continued with and life will be revived in the area again 🙂

June 1st, 2019 3:23 am

Sorry for the delay, I was waiting to make a return visit to the park site. I did yesterday and am just adding some pics and an update. Thanks for your interest.

June 1st, 2019 3:44 am

Just back from a look around.
With the tall arch of the highest jump dismantled in the last year, it was high time I got a closer update on Sky Park and its 2020 rebirth as Expo Vida. Sadly work was not as far advanced as I hoped but it did mean more memories were revived by the surviving remnants of the original park.
The general outline was still in place, and the red Sky Park sign from the arch had been saved. The Raffles sign on the roof of the former restaurant referred to the nightclub that briefly lived on after the main park had shut down. One of the pool beds housed many props from around the site, including two Oscar like statues. The two biggest sculptures still stood proudly, the octopus on the cafe bar roof, and the sunbathing lady by the entrance. I couldn’t decide if she looked more like Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, or Jodie Whittaker as Dr Who.
The good news is Expo Vida was officially presented at the FITUR tourism exhibition in Madrid in 2019 and their site has loads of info in Spanish and English. In the meantime, the old base was open for car valeting, parking, and the Coliseum cafe bar for food and drink. Parking so near to Puerto Colon, Torviscas, and Fañabe isnt easy or cheap to find so this 24 hour service could prove handy. Keep your comments and memories coming, it makes me feel just a little younger than I am. New pics at this link.

January 8th, 2020 7:57 am

I also helped build this wonderful site, was sent some construction pics by the guy who actually constructed the tower. Bit of extra trivia and to add a little bit of sadness, the tower was originally used in the X Games to promote Bungy before being sent to Tenerife from the states. I think one of the reasons for its decline was the owners unwillingness at the start to give locals free access to the park which was what the tower owner suggested. Lots of hard work went into it and it was an amazing time (short though it lasted)

January 8th, 2020 9:59 am

Thanks for your background info. There is still nothing similar here in Tenerife. Hopefully the site will find a good use soon.

March 2nd, 2020 4:21 am

I worked at Skypark for a couple weeks , They had a problem with the British tour operators who would only promote the park if the Bungee jumping was covered by the British Bungee jumping code of practice ( BERSA ) I at the time was a licensed BERSA operator and I and a couple others from BERSA had the task of adapting their perfectly good and safe system to fit with the BERSA code which was nearly impossible to do , The main investors seemed to be a ex Bristol City footballer and a Bristol based entrepreneur that had previously developed a Tenerife marina , I was out of there a couple weeks before their grand open evening , Next thing I heard was that it all ended badly and had gone down the tubes .. derelict

March 10th, 2020 4:37 am

Thanks for your comments. It could have been a unique attractiopn for Tenerife but sadly it looks like remaining as another testament to poor planning and local beaurocracy.

Ben Skinley
August 7th, 2021 5:15 am

It’s been so lovely reading these comments. I worked at SkyPark for 2 years as a male vocalist in the Raffles show… and I am currently back on the island staying at the Playa Olid which overlooks my old (now derelict!) work place where I had MANY happy times. I am still in close contact with the whole cast, many of whom are my best friends to this day, and I also keep in regular contact with Jo Beck, the daughter of Steve, one of the entrepreneurs from Bristol who helped create an amazing park, and what are the best memories of my life so far. Someone above mentioned the Failte Paddy’s day… I apologise to anyone who was there and at the Moet Bar at the top… I was serving, but it was one for you and two for me ha ha, I remember running out about 3 times… well I say remember!!
Best memories ever, and although it’s sad to see it go, it’s time for someone or something else to use the space.

August 7th, 2021 8:28 am

Hopefully in the new Tenerife after all this Covid goes, it will find a new lease of life with lots of new mwmories being made.