Cool, creative cascade of all ages comes out for ‘Slide the City’

ST. GEORGE — A big wet block party went down Saturday in St. George – down the hill, that is, on a slide spanning two city blocks at 100 East and 250 North to St. George Boulevard.

The 1,000-foot water slide was enjoyed by all ages from 5 years old on up, including one woman who was 96-years-old, resident Marshall Connelly said.

People got sprayed, wet, wild, creative and slippery as the activity gave cool respite to the day’s scorching hot sun that raised temperatures to 106 degrees, an unusual high for the date historically.

Event director Brandon Jay said he has done more than 20 Slide events coast to coast in recent years.

“This is by far the funnest hill and the best venue for this event that I’ve ever been to,” he said.

In addition, food, music, local vendors and street entertainers were on hand to provide a great block party experience.

Ticket prices started at $15 with options available for a single, triple or ultimate slider pass during selected wave times.

A portion of ticket revenues will be donated to the Washington County Children’s Justice Center, Slide the City’s charity of choice for the event, the center’s Friends Board Chairperson Donna Roberts said. While she doesn’t yet have the donation amount the center will receive from from ticket revenues, Roberts said the center brought in $3,600 from volunteers and another $1,000 from food truck rentals Slide the City allowed them to organize.

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About the Children’s Justice Center

The Washington County Children’s Justice Center is a safe homelike setting where victims of child abuse can receive a forensic interview, medical exam and referral to victim services, such as mental health counseling and support services.

When sliders use the code “CHILD” at checkout they will receive a 10 percent discount off their ticket price as well as ensure that a portion of the proceeds goes back to the justice center so they can continue their lifesaving work.

About Slide the City

The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since its beginnings in 2014. The 2015 summer tour stopped in over 70 cities around the world, and this year Slide the City is on track to produce more than 100 events. 

The slide is designed to recirculate about 7,000-12,000 gallons of water during a typical event, according to Slide the City’s water conservation webpage. That water is able to be recycled back into the community a number of ways following the event.

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1 Comment

  • peanutz714 June 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This is a great idea, but far too costly. Next time bring down the prices and you will have more kids be able to participate in it.

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