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Slide the City returns to Chattanooga Saturday


UPDATE: Thousands beat the heat this weekend by visiting the "Slide the City" attraction in downtown Chattanooga, Saturday.

It's a giant water slide that stretches nearly 1,000 feet long from Broad Street to West 5th.

"I've been doing the midwest region and by far Chattanooga's hill has been the best one, best slope and best turn out," said Event Director Caden Welch.

Slide the City's Event Director Caden Welch, expects several thousand participants will slide down the slip-n-slide more than once.

"It's great, a lot of fun,  you just fly." said one participant " Like a lightning bolt, straight down."

This is the water slide's second visit to the Scenic City, organizers say it all started out as a backyard idea.

"It got started by one of the owners in our company," said Welch. " He used to do this for his wife every year for her birthday."

At nearly 1,000 feet long, it's now a traveling attraction people just can't ignore.

"I even wrote it on my mommy's calendar so we wouldn't forget," said 8-year-old Lillian Wilson.

While no major safety complaints have been filed, some parents say safety is a big concern after recent injuries at Lake Winnie and other amusement parks across the country.  "Slide the City" organizers say their volunteers are there to help but you must obey their rules to stay safe.

"Really safety just comes down to them, as long as everybody is just kind of being smart and going down when they are told to , stopping when they are told to, everything will go smoothly," said Welch. "They are given mouth guards for a reason and everybody can wear them."

"If you're moving pretty quickly, it's a hard hit," said Participant Carrie Keith. " It's just when the water runs down or there's traffic or the float gives in, then people slow down and we kind of pile up a little."

Participants say they're glad to hear a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make -A- Wish Foundation.

"That's great, we've done other functions with Make-A-Wish and it's a good charity and it fills a need for children. Especially when it's something as fun as this, to bring out the whole city and it is downtown , it's local...I'd happily do it again," said Keith.

You have to be at least 5-years-old of 46 inches tall to participate. The water slide will be open until 7 p.m. Saturday Aug 13th.

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The Slide the City event will transform 5th Street into the biggest block party of the summer on August 13th. Last summer more that 2,000 sliders slipped and splashed down the giant water slide. Organizers are predicting this year will be bigger and better! 

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“This unique event was a huge success last year, but for 2016 we are going to be adding some fun entertainment to give it more of a community feel,” said John Malfatto, Slide the City co-owner. “You can experience your hometown like never before!”

The community is encouraged to take a break from the heat, by speeding through three city blocks on inner tubes. The Slide the City event will include food, music, local vendors and street entertainers.  

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