Mock-up by Luke Jerram

Navigate the city in a new way.

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.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Transportation

    The Diverging Diamond Interchange Is Coming to a Road Near You

    Drivers may be baffled by these newfangled intersections, but they’re safer than traditional four-way stops.

  2. Workers in downtown London head to their jobs.
    POV

    How Cities Can Rebuild the Social Safety Net

    In an age of employment uncertainty and a growing income gap, urban America needs to find new ways to support its citizens.

  3. Environment

    Visualize the Path of the Eclipse With Live Traffic Data

    On Google Maps, a mass migration in progress.

  4. The Presidio Terrace neighborhood
    POV

    The Problem of Progressive Cities and the Property Tax

    The news that a posh San Francisco street was sold for delinquent taxes exposes the deeper issue with America’s local revenue system.

  5. A woman sits reading on a rooftop garden, with the dense city of Tokyo surrounding her.
    Solutions

    Designing a Megacity for Mental Health

    A new report assesses how Tokyo’s infrastructure affects residents’ emotional well-being, offering lessons for other cities.