What if? We'd really like to see this slip-n-slide happen on Baxter Avenue. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
What if? We'd really like to see this slip-n-slide happen on Baxter Avenue. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
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Perhaps they’re leading us on or perhaps there’s really an enormous 1,000 foot long slip-n-slide planned to take over a street in Louisville later this year. The team behind Slide the City, which has put on just such feats of Tactical Urbanism in cities like Kansas City, Tulsa, Phoenix, Asheville, and Pittsburgh, did not return our emails. But the company’s website lists Louisville as “Coming Soon.” So we’ll keep our fingers crossed that a street like the hill on Baxter Avenue could one day become the city’s latest weird attraction. (We even put together a little mock-up at the top of what such a thing might look like.)

The urban slip-n-slide phenomenon really took off in recent years with high profile events in Bristol (UK), San Francisco, and Los Angeles as far back as 2008. The trend now appears to have hit the mainstream after going viral in those cities. Slide the City takes over a city street for a single day, converting it into a dual-track slip-n-slide, and sells tickets to those eager to use their city’s public spaces in new and exciting ways.

And if you’re worried about the inevitable pothole taking a toll on on your slide down the street, Slide the City noted on its website that the entire thing is padded: “This slide’s got more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers.”

If Louisville is, in fact, lucky enough to see the slide this summer, rates range from $15.00 for a single ride to $60.00 for VIP access. More information can be found at Slide the City. Did we mention this thing would be great on Baxter Avenue?

[h/t Discover Louisville.]

 

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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