1000-foot Slip 'N Slide headed to Portland streets this year – OregonLive.com
Brace yourselves, summertime hooligans of Portland: A 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide is coming to town.
That’s what the folks at Salt Lake-based Slide the City are saying, anyway, although details about the supposed “1,000 feet of slick vinyl” coming to “brighten (our) city streets” are scant as of now.
Slide the City appears to tour just about every major and mid-sized city in the U.S. – including several in Canada – bringing “the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt” to urban locales from Providence to Pensacola all the way up to Portland.
Our local event has no scheduled date or location – the Portland page on Slide the City’s website only mentions that it’s “coming soon,” leaving Slip ‘N Slider enthusiasts in rapt anticipation.
Still, there’s no guarantee that the event will actually ever happen.
In September the city of Los Angeles denied Slide the City a permit for its already sold-out event, citing local concern over water waste in the face of California’s particularly devastating drought.
Organizers assured that the approximately 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water necessary for the event would be properly recycled and disposed of, but the city sided with the roughly 11,000 people who signed an online petition calling for its cancellation.
A second online petition now calls for the state of California to ban Slide the City from major cities during the drought, which would lead to the cancellation of seven more planned events.
While drought isn’t as much of an issue here in the Pacific Northwest, our locals are pretty protective over our water supply. Will Slide the City successfully pull off their massive urban Slip ‘N Slide? Or will Portland follow California’s example and pull the plug on the water party?