Mark your calendars! The City of North Vancouver is bringing Slide the City and Car Free Day to the community this summer.
This one of a kind dual event happens on Saturday, August 22 from 9am – 8pm. Slide into summer with a full day of exciting family-friendly activities including a 1000 foot-long waterslide down Lonsdale.
Using gravity and recirculated water, the giant slide will begin at Victoria Park (Keith Road) and travel down Lonsdale to 4th Street, ending with a splash pool. The slide features inflated edges to keep participants inside the tubes, a thick foam cushion underneath and three sliding lanes – one reserved for kids only.
Approximately 6000 sliding wristbands were available for purchase online, ranging from single slides to all day passes. Tickets sold out quickly, and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
All water used for the slide will be tested, treated and recirculated, reducing the amount of water needed by about 80%. The splash pool at the bottom of the slide will capture the water allowing it to be pumped back to the top of the course. After the event, the water will be used for irrigation.
Basically, Slide the City operates just like a waterslide regarding recirculation, and is permitted to operate in Stage 3 restrictions. The organizers will be trucking in water from a private source outside the region and will not be using any Metro Vancouver water.
The whole event will use approximately 50,000 litres of water, less than $100 worth. Slide the City is also monitored and approved by the BC Safety Authority which regulates health and safety. Vancouver Coastal Health will provide consultation on all water treatment and recirculation plans.
Got tickets for Slide the City? It’ll be busy on event day, so the event organizers will have wristbands available for pick up on Friday, August 21 from 12pm to 8pm at the Centennial Theatre Parking Lot, located at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue (just off Highway 1). Previously purchased tickets will also be available for pick up at Victoria Park on August 22 starting at 8am.
Car Free Day
It’s a double header of family fun that day. Car Free Day runs from 11am – 7pm and offers a whole host of other free events. The Car Free Day folks will be filling the blocks between 3rd Street and Carrie Cates Court with live music and entertainment stages, special kids zones, an artisan market, extended outdoor dining patios, food vendors, info booths and demonstrations.
Want to get involved? Check out the volunteer opportunities or sign up as a vendor or entertainer: www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/northvan
For more information about slide the city please visit our website at www.slidethecity.com