Y Slip N Slide A Blast
Prince George, B.C. – “Anybody who’s not camping is here.” The reaction of organizers to the thousands of people who turned out for the YMCA/Fun City Sliders Slip N Slide on University Way hill on Saturday.
Stephanie Mikalishen, Coordinator of Philanthropic Development and Camp Programs at the YMCA of North BC, was thrilled with the turnout and the fact pretty well everyone there was having a blast. “Nothing but happy faces,” she said.
There was a delay in getting the event going at the scheduled 10 am start time but Mikalishen says everyone who had purchased tickets was accommodated and got to ride the 1,000-foot slide down the hill. University Way was closed to traffic from 5 am to 10 pm Saturday, with the Slip N Slide running until 6 pm.
The event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign which helps low income families access the Y’s programs. $15 bought you one slide, you got three runs for $45 and there was unlimited sliding over a 4-hour period for $60.
As well vendors on site were contributing to the Strong Kids Campaign, the Y senior leadership group set up a 50/50 draw, a bag drop allowed people to check in items while sliding and a 5:30 pm Duck Drop was organized jointly by the United Way and the Y. 500 ducks for sale at $5 a piece. They’re let go down the slide with the winning duck and its owner winning the grand prize donated by Canadian Tire. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the duck race go to the Y, the other half to the United Way.
The Y was hoping to raise $25,000 through the giant water slide and should have a total from all of the various fundraising sources in the coming week.
Mikalishen had nothing but praise for the 150 volunteers, comprised of Y members and people from the community, who helped put on the sizeable event.
Asked if we might see a Slip N Slide again in the future she said “absolutely I’d do it again.”
Oh well I didn’t know about this.
You didn’t read this article I guess:Slip ‘n Slide Impacts Transit and Drivers
using a road for a slide what about liability insurance? did the powers that be stop sand blast because of insurance?
They stopped the sand blast because of a horrible accident…
Not even close to the Sandblast.
Yeah, this is an even that happens in dozens of cities across the country. Obviously they have insurance, waivers to sign etc… like any potentially risky activity. Also, they pad the surface under the slide, for comfort and safety.
Dumbfounded, yes. The event went from just skiing to bikes etc.. This one group put wheels on a couch..on the way down it veered off the course and crashed into a family. It used to be on you tube..not sure if it still is.
Yes the incident still is on YouTube Sadly Sandblast was already on its way out in part due to legalities and insurance but also sponsors were while keen on sandblast also didn’t like the negative press they were getting for sponsoring such an event
As to the poster who wanted to know if there is insurance and such yes there is in Canada it is actually illegal to hold an event that does not carry insurance and waivers although it does happen it’s rare
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