Salt Lake City street to become slip and slide on Saturday

Posted at 9:44 PM, Jul 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 23:44:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- This Saturday, Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City will be transformed into a massive slip and slide.

For the second year, Slide the City will construct a slide along the city’s streets, but this will be twice the size of the last one.

“It’s 1,000-feet long, 22-feet wide, with a 77-foot pool at the end,” said T.R. Gourley, who is the event coordinator.

The slide will line Main Street between 300 North and North Temple from noon until 7:00 p.m.

According to city spokesman Art Raymond, the group secured a special event permit for the day, much like any other event that requires city streets for use.

“Of course, everybody knows we have lots of parades, big gatherings, bicycle races, and this really kind of fits into that same realm,” Raymond said.

In their request for a permit, the group was required to show proof of insurance for liability purposes, as well as meet the demands for safety and traffic concerns.

“We involve everybody," Raymond said. "PD is involved, public services, public utilities and we have a committee of folks who meet to review these permit applications. We will have barricades in place and signage to divert people kind of around this area of Main Street that is blocked.”

As of Wednesday, more than 1,500 people had signed up to take a ride down the slide. Tickets range in price from $20-50, depending on how many times you want to slide.

According to Gourley, a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Ronald McDonald House and the Utah Aids Foundation.

“We wanted to do a fun, summer event,” he said. “Everyone had a great time last year. They loved it.”

For more information, you can visit the event's website.