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Giant 1,000-foot waterslide makes first visit to NJ

By Sydney Shaw and Luke Nozicka

WEST ORANGE — As summer draws near, perhaps one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day is with a water slide — a 1,000-foot slip-and-slide, that is.

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Squire Thomas, 11, and Kyan Bashkoff, 7, both of West Orange, laugh at the bottom of the slide. (Photo courtesy of Luke Nozicka)

Slide the City, a traveling setup of inflatable vinyl that has drawn crowds at various fairs and festivals across the nation, came to New Jersey for the first time on Saturday at the West Orange Street Fair, set up along Mount Pleasant Avenue, stretching from Interstate 280 to Main Street.

More than 2,000 people registered for the day-long event, said West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, while hundreds more signed up throughout the day.

The padded slide has three lanes — one for single sliders, a family lane for children and parents to ride at the same time while holding onto each others tubes and a party lane, “reserved for those craving a more wild ride,” according to the company’s website.

One of the only injuries of the day came when a woman lost her tooth after she fell off her tube and hit another slider, a police officer working the event said. She was treated at a local hospital.

Slide the City is responsible for everything associated with the attraction, according to a TAP Into West Orange report, including covering the cost of township-provided fire fighters, EMS and police, so there is no cost to the town.

Joel Chaviano, 42, of Jersey City, said it cost about $40 for himself and his 12-year-old son Sebastian to come out, which he said was “absolutely worth it.” He said he hopes the slide comes back to New Jersey soon.

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Joel Chaviano, 42, of Jersey City, glides down the slide. (Photo courtesy of Luke Nozicka)

Mahogany Laveau and Kiorie Hammond, both 18 and from Newark, echoed Chaviano’s sentiments. While Laveau wished the slide would have been longer, she hopes “they have it again because it’s really great for the kids to come out to.”

Slide the City has made hundreds of stops across the United States since the company started in 2014. It generally takes 9,000 and 20,000 gallons of recirculated water to run the slide for one day, according to the company’s website. Town officials required the water to be chlorinated and flow through the slide, as per Health Department regulations for safety, according to the TAP Into West Orange report.

“It was very nice and very good,” Jicky Seron, 43, of West Orange, said after coming down the slide with his 5-year-old daughter Mia. “We really enjoyed it.”

*This story was originally published on NJ.com.

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