Slide the City-O’Fallon, a highly-anticipated event that drew big crowds last July, will not be making a second appearance in the summer of 2016.
The giant multi-lane water slide was the focus of a street festival on Mexico Road east of Fort Zumwalt West High School that also featured food trucks and live entertainment.
However, the city did not opt to bring the event back in 2016. Bonnie Therrien, city administrator, said that although it was possible the city might bring it back in the future, Slide the City would probably not be an annual event. “We like to change it up,” she said, “So we don’t have the same-old same-old year after year.”
Last year’s Slide the City was not without its problems. An online registration system was delayed two months, and eager sliders were instead asked to sign up on a waiting list.
Then, just days before the event, staffers from the Slide the City organization realized that the site picked out by the city didn’t have enough slope. The move eastward put the slide next to a subdivision and caused a last-minute scramble as city officials notified residents.
Even though the giant water slide won’t be back in St. Charles County this summer, slide enthusiasts can simply cross the bridge and enjoy the St. Louis Slide the City event, which will be held July 9 on Oakland Avenue. Registration for that event opened on April 20.