Summer slidin’: 1,000-foot slip ‘n slide makes Lake Tahoe debut
Kiss summer goodbye in one fell swoop with a record-breaking slip ‘n’ slide that comes to Ski Run Boulevard on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. Slide the City is part slide, part all-day block party — an approximated 1,000 people are expected to attend, dressed in swimsuits and outfitted with tubes. Spend the day cruising down the slide with friends and family while experiencing live music, food, drinks and local vendors.
“I’m just so excited for the event. I can’t believe it’s already here — it’s been a long time coming,” Tahoe Regional Young Professional’s board member Brandi Brown said.
“It’s one of those events I think could be a staple ‘end-of-summer’ thing here in Tahoe,” she added.
When Brown saw a Slide the City video on YouTube, she thought it would be a great event for South Shore.
“I brought [the idea] to TRYP and said, ‘Hey, would you guys be willing to back this event?’ They said, ‘Yeah, of course, that looks amazing.’ But there’s a lot of people that need to be involved and get it approved,” Brown said.
Slide the City makes its Lake Tahoe debut after two years of planning alongside TRYP and coordinating with the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, South Tahoe Public Utility District and various public safety agencies.
“TRYP was able to be the man on the ground in Tahoe and connect [Rachel Petersen of Slide the City] with the right people, and be here on location to get everything set and ready to go,” Brown added.
Lake Tahoe’s Slide the City event is the organization’s first in California since the drought, so extra preparation was necessary. For the event to run, a filtration system was set in place, so all water used in South Shore’s Slide the City will be recycled.
“The county has some really good requirements when it comes to the use of water, so we had to work through details with them on what we were going to do with the water, and being able to recycle it,” Slide the City event director Rachel Petersen said.
“A lot of cities don’t have the need [to recycle water], number one, because they’re not in drought areas and, two, they don’t have the system Tahoe does. Tahoe has a reclamation plant that recycles water and a lot of cities don’t have it. That’s one of the reasons Tahoe is so amazing and we’re excited to come,” she added.
What to expect
The slide has three lanes suited for different types of sliders — a group lane, family-friendly kids’ lane, and a slower-paced lane. Speed is determined by how much water is placed in the lane.
There are also a variety of tickets for purchase: all day, triple slider and one-time slider. Price varies based on type of ticket and time of purchase. To get 10 percent off, use the promo code TRYPSLIDE.
“The 10 percent goes to TRYP with the promo code. If [people] just buy tickets, it goes to Slide the City. Basically, they’re taking 10 percent off the person’s ticket and giving it to us,” Brown said.
Participants must be at least 5 years of age and 46 inches tall.
The top of Ski Run Boulevard, from Needle Peak Road to Pioneer Trail, will be closed for the event. According to Brown, traffic will be redirected around that route.
“There aren’t any main arteries that go into that piece of Ski Run. The bottom portion of Ski Run will still be open, and all restaurants and shops are still accessible,” Brown said.
TRYP is still looking for end-of-day and cleanup volunteers. Shifts are no longer than three hours, and sign-ups are conducted online. All volunteers get one free slide.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.slidethecity.com or find the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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