Toronto might play host to a 1000 foot waterslide this summer, as part of a touring series called Slide the City that has scheduled stops in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. If that's not a summery thought to get you through a frigid winter day, I don't know what is. At roughly three football fields in length, this is the ultimate slip and slide-fuelled way to partake in childhood nostalgia on a grand scale.
The Toronto date is still TBA at present, but based on the other cities on the roster, the slide's arrival does't seem like a pipe dream. Edmonton city council, for instance, is in the midst of considering approval for the event in that city, which would go down in June or July this year. Calgary and Vancouver have already been tapped as future destinations as well.
Finding a suitable place for the slide is one of the challenges that a city faces in hosting this event. You want a nice hill to help participants gain speed, but the gradient can't be so steep that's it's dangerous. Being built on the old Lake Iroquois shoreline, Toronto has plenty of options as far as locations go (why not right down Yonge St.?), it's just a matter of getting the city on board.
Gaining approval might prove a challenge in a city with a troubling track record when it comes to fun. But, to employ the logic of the age group that so loves slip and slides, if everyone else is doing it, why can't we?
Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of what the event is all about.
Photo via Slide the City
by Derek Flack via blogTO