Last year, the folks at Slide the City excited Philadelphians with the idea of a day of slippery fun in the form of a 1,000-foot waterslide set up on city streets. Ultimately, however, those plans fell through, leaving us uncomfortably dry.
Now, Slide the City hopes to make it up to us this summer, as well as give us a block party to boot.
Organizers announced on Wednesday that they will bring Slide the City to the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday, August 6. Registration for the event begins Wednesday, May 18, with pricing starting at $10. Tickets will go on sale starting June 3.
Slide the City is an event produced by Sack Lunch Productions, a publicly-traded, for-profit company. The City of Philadelphia is not a sponsor of the event.
Slide the City will take over Sedgley Drive in Fairmount Park area near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where attendees will be able to utilize the advertised 1,000-foot water slide beginning at 9 a.m. Also included with the event will be a block party-style event with vendors, food, music, and other entertainment.
There are, however, a couple of sliding restrictions. Sliders must be at least 46 inches tall, and 5 years old at a minimum. Inner tubes will be utilized for sliding.
“The Art Institute is the perfect back-drop for this event,” Slide the City event director Chris Conran said via a release, presumably meaning the nearby Art Museum. The Art Institute of Philadelphia is located at 16th and Chestnut.
“It’s not every day you can put on your swimsuit and slide by such an iconic place,” he added.