A ride operator says it will install a 1,000-foot-long water slide in Raleigh next month.
Slide the City has announced a May 30 event on Glenwood Avenue. The company travels the country, covering city streets with its jumbo slip-and-slide and charging up to $25 per ride.
The slide will run down Glenwood Avenue, shutting down traffic for about 1,200 feet from Tucker Street to West Jones Street on a Saturday, according to the city, which issued permits March 31.
Prices range from $15 for a single pre-registered slide up to $50 or $60 for an unlimited pass. The event website is www.slidethecity.com/events/raleigh/.
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The Utah-based company says that Raleigh is ideal for its slide, although an apparent typographical goof in its written release made that claim a little less special.
“This could be the best location in the country for our slide. We can’t wait to bring our party to Cincinnati,” event director Brad Behle said in the release. A spokeswoman later apologized and corrected “Cincinnati” to Raleigh.
The release also notes that the company will give packs of 10 tickets to the first 10 nonprofits to get in touch.
To recirculate or not?
The company usually recirculates its water, reducing usage. However, it won’t be allowed to do that here because of state rules.
Recirculating water would qualify the slide and its landing area as a pool, kicking in a whole new set of requirements, such as decking and ladders, according to Jim Hayes, head of the state Department of Health and Human Service branch that oversees pools, tattoos and institutions.
To circumvent those rules, the company could run water straight through the system, in one end and out the other, according to Hayes. The city will require that the company ultimately remove the chlorine from the water before returning it to the public system, according to city staff.
The company is considering several other ways to dump the water too, such as spraying it on golf courses and parks.
Slide the City will pay service and permit fees, hire off-duty police officers, rent traffic barricades and portable toilets, and pay for the water it uses, according to the city.
The event will also force the closure of Anwood Place, West North Street and West Lane Street within a block of Glenwood Avenue. The roads will be closed from 5 a.m. to midnight, while the event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an event permit.
Thousands to attend
The organizers expect about 5,000 people to attend, the permit states. They’ll be permitted to have amplified music, but alcohol won’t be allowed.
The slide is made of vinyl, padded for comfort and divided into multiple lanes. Slide the City claims to have more than 5,500 people on a wait-list for the Raleigh event. A representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Slide the City has met resistance in other cities, especially in the West, which is in the middle of a historic drought. Los Angeles denied the operation a permit last September. Its Department of Water and Power “voiced concerns over the message it was sending to the public about being frivolous with water use,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
The organization apparently has scrubbed a number of scheduled dates in California this summer. Its website lists 11 planned events in North Carolina, including one in Durham at an unspecified date.