March 15, 2016 6:43 am
Updated: April 29, 2016 12:46 am

Slide the City to return to Edmonton on Victoria Park Road

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EDMONTON – The 2016 edition of a hugely popular summer event in Edmonton last year is coming to Victoria Park Road.

After a successful first year in 2015, the Slide the City slip-and-slide attraction is returning to Alberta’s capital on Saturday, July 23.

Last summer the huge 1,000-foot (305-metre) long waterslide was set up on Grierson Hill. The two-day event was sold out, with a total of 7,000 riders experiencing the slide over the course of the weekend.

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Slide the City organizers said the event would not be held in the same location this year because of construction at Louise McKinney Park.

In a new release sent out Thursday, EPCOR Water Canada said the new location will “bring beautiful views of the City’s river valley and a faster slide for participants.”

READ MORE: It’s here! Massive slip-and-slide takes over Edmonton’s Grierson Hill

The event tours across the U.S. and Canada, holding water parties featuring ‘the biggest slip-and-slide ever to hit asphalt.’

WATCH: 7,000 Edmontonians went down this massive waterslide last summer. Our cameraman Craig Ryan was one of them.

Last year EPCOR said the slide would use about 300,000 litres of water — which may sound like a lot, but is actually “about one-third of the amount a typical golf course uses for watering in a given day,” explained EPCOR’s John Elford.

Early bird registration is open for the 2016 event.

The cost varies between $10 for a single slide to $45 for a pass allowing unlimited rides between 9 a.m. and noon. The earlier participants register, the cheaper the options. Day-of prices are $20 for a single slide, and $65 for the unlimited morning pass.

The company’s website indicates the slide will be going to Calgary for two days, but dates have not been set. It’s also expected to visit other major cities across Canada.

Slide the City is owned by Sack Lunch Productions, which also runs Color Me Rad 5K, a for-profit fun run in which participants are splashed with coloured powder.

Online ticket sales for the event open May 4. If it sells out, organizers said a second date may be added on July 24.

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