Slide the City, again

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Last year's even drew hundreds. - CAMERON MOIX
  • Cameron Moix
  • Last year's even drew hundreds.
Last summer, an outfit called Slide the City breezed into town and captured an unknown amount of cash from residents for a trip or two down a long water slide.

The event was somewhat controversial, because the company paid only $50 to get 21st Street closed for the event, as well as the Bear Creek dog park. ("Slipping away," Aug. 19, 2015)

Now, they're planning a return visit in the same location, according to a news release received today.

Except that, Slide the City has yet to nail down that street closing.

From the city communications office in response to our questions:
I just heard back from our Special Events Office and they said that Slide the City has applied for a Special Event Permit and their application is currently under review. Any additional permits/city services such as police, fire, sales tax licenses, etc. are also part of the Special Event Application review process. The Office of Special Events helps ensure that all those requirements are met prior to issuing the final permit.

Here's the release from Slide the City:
Lower Gold Camp Rd & 21st St will be transformed into the biggest block party of the summer when Slide the City arrives on August 20 to central Colorado. Last summer, more than three thousand sliders slipped and splashed down the giant water slide. Event organizers expect 2016 to be bigger and better.

This massive event is superior to the average block party. Families, friends and neighbors are invited to take a break from the heat by speeding through three city blocks on inner tubes.

“This unique event was a huge success last year, but for 2016 we are going to be adding some fun entertainment that will satisfy your whole family,” said John Malfatto, Slide the City co-owner. “You can experience your hometown like never before!”

Along with the one-of-a-kind slide, the block party will include food, music, local vendors and street entertainers.

Online registration is open now at www.slidethecity.com/location/colorado-springs/. Participants can purchase a single, triple, ultimate or all day slider pass during a selected wave time and are encouraged to sign up before June 17 to take advantage of the current rate. Pricing starts at $10.

All those over 5 years of age and 46 inches tall are welcome to slide! Learn more about Slide the City dates and locations at www.slidethecity.com/locations/ or visit the Slide the City Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/slidethecity to see what fans have to say about the event.

About Slide the City

Slide the City, owned by Sack Lunch Productions Inc. (OTC:SAKL), is the first event of its kind. The family-friendly festival has seen massive growth since its beginnings in 2014. The 2015 summer tour stopped in over seventy cities around the world, and this year Slide the City is on track to produce more than 100 events. The family-friendly company brings its massive slides to locations from coast-to-coast. With music, local vendors, activities and more, city streets are transformed into the biggest block party of the summer. 
Last year, Slide the City made arrangements to buy water from a homeowners association hydrant in the area. Springs Utilities reports the event's usage was 101,300 gallons or approximately $845.

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