As Chattanooga prepares for its first-ever Slide the City event on June 20, organizers are facing criticism from an event held in Pittsburgh over the weekend.
Although the event was successful in terms of numbers-about 9,000 people used the slide over two days-many customers lodged complaints on Facebook about how the Pittsburgh version of Slide the City was handled.
The major criticism involved the long lines for the slide, but safety issues were also reported.
According to an article from Pittsburgh’s KDKA, several unlimited ticketholders were only able to slide two times with up to two hours of waiting in between rides. Organizers apologized for the delay via Facebook, but many still voiced their displeasure.
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Others voiced concerns over the seeming inability of sliders to slow down at the end of the slide experience. One couple told KDKA that the slide was shut down for about half an hour so officials could “figure out how to make it safer.”
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But despite the rough weekend, others enjoyed the event, which apparently was a much smoother operation on Sunday, according to reports.
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At least 1,000 feet of slick vinyl will be used to construct a temporary waterslide on East Fifth Street between Broad Street and Walnut Street, which sliders will have an opportunity to use (for a fee). The event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Unlimited ticket purchasers will be allowed to use the slide from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tickets are available here. A portion of proceeds from individual ticket sales will benefit Make-A-Wish of East Tennessee. Guests are encouraged to enter the promo code “wish” at checkout.
Prices are $14 for a single slide; three slides cost $30. The unlimited sliding option is sold out. All ticket prices will increase June 18 leading up to the event.
All sliders must have an inflatable tube to slide. Tubes will be provided to unlimited and triple sliders, but single sliders must provide their own device or purchase one on the day of the event. Anyone who is at least 46 inches tall and over 5 years old is allowed to slide. Participants under the age of 18 are required to have written permission by a legal guardian.