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Slide the City will transform Downtown into a gigantic water slide on July 16

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Imagine going down a slip and slide on a hot summer day. Now imagine that slip and slide is 1,000 feet long and runs the length of your city, or the equivalent of three football fields.

Imagine going down a slip and slide on a hot summer day. Now imagine that slip and slide is 1,000 feet long and runs the length of your city, or the equivalent of three football fields.

The heart of downtown Springfield will be transformed into the biggest block party of the summer when Slide the City slides from Park Central Square down Boonville hill on July 16. Springfield is one of two Slide the City locations in Missouri this summer. The family-friendly festival will also stop in St. Louis on July 9. Families and friends alike can zoom down the giant waterslide while onlookers enjoy the surrounding block party.

“We are beyond excited to be coming to Springfield for the first time,” said Spencer Hunn, Slide the City co-owner. “We hope everyone will come out to have a blast and remember what it’s like to be a kid again!”

This massive event is bigger and better than the average block party. Staring at 9 a.m., families, friends and neighbors are invited to take a break from the heat, speeding through the city on inner tubes. Along with the one-of-a-kind slide, the block party will include food, music, and local vendors.

Online registration is now open. Participants can purchase a single ride, half-day or full-day slider pass during a selected wave time and are encouraged to sign up at https://www.slidethecity.com/locations/springfield to take advantage of the current rate. Pricing starts at $15. All those over 5 years of age and 46 inches tall are welcome to slide! Visit the Slide the City Facebook page to see what fans have to say: https://www.facebook.com/slidethecity

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Downtown Springfield Association and for Route 66 projects as coordinated by the City of Springfield.

The first event of its kind, Slide the City has seen massive growth since its beginnings in 2014. The 2015 summer tour stopped in over seventy cities around the world, and this year Slide the City is on track to produce more than 100 events. The family-friendly company brings its massive slides to locations from coast-to-coast. With music, local vendors, activities and more, city streets are transformed into the biggest block party of the summer.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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