A Steep Street in England, Reimagined as a Giant Water Slide

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Mock-up by Luke Jerram

Artist Luke Jerram is trying to turn a hilly street in Bristol, England, into a massive water slide made of plastic sheeting and hay bales.

Jerram thinks Bristol's Park Street is the perfect spot for a 90 m. (~300 ft.) water slide because of its steep incline and prominent location. 

The proposed date for the “Park and Slide” event is May 4, as part of the city’s Make Sunday Specials program. The slide would be free for the public and the street would be closed to traffic for the event.

According to Jerram's project description, the slide has already had a successful trial run last October and has the support of the Bristol City Council. However, Jerram is still in the process of crowdsourcing the £5,621 (~$9300) needed to cover the cost of the slide and various safety measures.

Last October, Jerram tested a 50 m. version at Ashton Court Estate on the outskirts of Bristol. (via Twitter

The "giant water slide down a city street" idea has actually been done before in the U.S. In August 2010, a 500 ft. slide took over one street in Grand Rapids, Michigan, drawing approximately 10,000 riders.

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