Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Slide The City hosted a 1,000 foot slip-n-slide in downtown Salt Lake City, Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Salt Lake City slips, slides for a day

A 1,000-foot water slide was set up on Main Street.

First Published Jul 19 2014 04:51 pm • Last Updated Jul 20 2014 01:39 pm

It was like a family gathering in grandma’s backyard.

There were water balloons, water guns, good music and good food.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But the main attraction was the 1,000-foot water slide that thousands of participants, young and old, came to conquer. People hiked three blocks up Main Street above North Temple in Salt Lake City just to slide down on inflatable pool toys and wet vinyl.

Everyone anticipated his or her chance down the slide, especially Ian Eggleston, 12, from Bountiful, who was wearing an orange helmet with a camera attached.

"I have a Go-Pro on my head so I can record me going down," said Eggleston. "I thought it would be kind of cool to record it."

Like most participants, Eggleston had never tried anything like this. In fact, it was Slide the City’s first official event.

Dave Wulf, one of the managers of Slide the City, said the turnout was amazing. They sold 2,000 preregistration wristbands and were offering 1,000 additional ones for walk-ins. He said he expected to sell out of those, too.

"We had a few glitches, but we are working throughout them and getting better," said Wulf.

However, most people seemed to be enjoying the outing.

"It was way better than I expected," said Sharon Jolly, of Bountiful. She said the worst part was walking back up the hill and waiting for her turn in line.

story continues below
story continues below

"The line was long," said Porfidia Valdez, 15, of West Valley City. "But it was definitely worth it."

Starting at 5 a.m. , the Slide the City staff and their volunteers worked to install the super-sized water slide. At the bottom, sliders splashed into a pool with 3 feet of water and a giant beach ball.

"It was pretty fun," said Desi Beltran, 19, from Ogden. She was dripping wet and headed back up the hill for her fifth trip. "I am still trying to figure out the best way to get down the fastest."

Everyone had different techniques for riding the slide. Some used little tubes, big tubes or tubes made in the shape of animals; others just bellied down.

According to Slide the City’s website, there is no official date for the next event. Wulf wants to hold the event in other U.S. cities, too.


Twitter: @_TierraSmith

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.