Does the mere sight of backyard slip-and-slides bring you back to your childhood?
Well, who says you have to be a kid to enjoy this popular summertime activity. Now there’s one for all ages and it’s already coming to North Vancouver on August 22.
For the first time ever, a 1,000-foot long and 22-foot-wide slick vinyl water slide will take over a city street. This event offers a fun way for North Vancouverites to beat the heat and be part of history in the making…err, splashing. It’s called Slide the City, and it will coincide with the Car-Free Day street festival in North Vancouver.
A similar event is out to do the same along Main Street, right by us at CuR Laser and Skin – however, this event is still in the petition stages.
Here are just 8 reasons why the Main Street Slip ‘N Slide, if it happens, could be Vancouver’s Best Summer Event of 2015.
1. Brighten up Vancouver’s Streets
The 100 feet of slick eye-catching vinyl that makes up the slide is going to brighten the city streets of North Vancouver with a cornucopia of fun colours. This could happen down the already trendy Main Street in Vancouver if the petition is successful.
2. Nothing like this has ever happened in the Greater Vancouver
When’s the last time you cruised through North Van by waterslide? Since the news about the event made headlines last spring, the city has been buzzing with anticipation. In fact, tickets are already sold out! And did we mention the fact that the waterslide is over 1,000 feet? Yes, that’s the length of three entire football fields.
3. Slide the City will put the Greater Vancouver on the Map
“This is an opportunity for us to have an event that puts the City of North Vancouver on the map as being someplace that’s fun to be and come and hang out,” said Coun. Linda Buchanan, in a recent Vancouver Sun article. The councillor added that not only were her kids excited to hit the water slide, but so was she.
A potential missed opportunity, this is, for Vancouver.
4. Fun for all Ages
Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Attendees are encouraged to bring their water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.
4. The Slide Will Make a Splash Rain or Shine
And speaking of getting wet, does it really matter if Vancouver does what it’s notorious for — rain? Of course not! If there is a little rain it only means there will be more water on the slide and less people cranky about getting squirted with your new water gun. And besides, who wouldn’t want to dance in the rain, slide in the rain, and be seen — even if you’re soaked — at the wildest event to ever hit the city?
5. The Charity Factor
Worried about wasting water or cleanliness? All water used during Slide the City will be treated and recirculated. Also, the entire event uses less than $100 worth of water.
There’s also the charitable factor that puts this event on the map. Slide the City donates a portion of the proceeds to www.generosity.org, which provides access to clean water in developing nations.
The event producers will also kick in an extra $7,000 to $10,000 in donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.
6. Beat the Heat
Temperatures soared in parts of the province this past month, and Metro Vancouver was no exception. With the mercury continuing to rise, according to Global News, chances are you’re probably ready to cool off. What better way to beat the heat than a 1,000-foot refreshing slide through our beautiful city?
7. It’s Safe!
Does the idea of sliding on pavement sound… well, scary? Don’t worry, the plastic slide sits on a layer of foam and ends in a 75-foot long pool with 3-foot deep waters for happy slipping and sliding. The slide has inflated edges to keep you inside the tubes, a thick foam cushion underneath and three sliding lanes. One lane will be reserved for kids only.
8. You Don’t Have to Participate to Have a Blast
Approximately 6,000 sliding wristbands were available for purchase online, ranging from single slides to all day passes. Tickets have sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun watching those daring enough to take the plunge. Warning: you’re likely to get splashed, so come prepared with a sense of humour and a change of clothes.
And there you have it, 8 reasons why this event is going to go down in North Vancouver’s history as one of the coolest parties to ever hit the city – and even better if it also happens on Main Street in Vancouver.
For more information on the event in North Vancouver, check out Slide the City’s Facebook page or visit http://www.slidethecity.com/events/northvancouver.
To visit the petition site for the Main Street event, visit http://slidethemain.ca/
About Dr. Kumar Shivdasani
Dr. Kumar Shivdasani is a medical practitioner with 25 years experience. He began his career in emergency at Vancouver General Hospital and addiction medicine – later branching into cosmetic medicine. He is the owner of CuR Laser and Skin in Vancouver, BC. Education, good lifestyle and diet changes lay the foundation for developing overall health and wellness, helping Kumar’s clients achieve and maintain their target goals. Dr. Kumar is also dedicated to helping others as shown by his support for Summits of Hope and Turning Point Recovery.