Slide The City Gets Second Chance In Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- A 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide could be coming to Fayetteville after all.

Slide the City describes itself as a slip-and-slide water party that travels around the country setting up the three-football-field long slide down main streets from Memphis to Omaha to Kansas City.

Slide the City applied for a permit with the City of Fayetteville in February, but got turned down because the city doesn’t allow shutting down streets for for-profit organizations.

This time around, local non-profit Solider On Service Dogs teamed up with Slide the City to turn it into a fundraising event.

Soldier On Service Dogs President Angie Pratt said her organization reapplied for the slip-and-slide last week.

“I actually contacted them before they made their original application to the City of Fayetteville,” Pratt said. “When I first heard about [Slide the City] I thought it was just too cool to slide down Dickson Street on a 1,000 foot slip-and-slide.”

Depending on the number of water slides and whether participants buy tickets in advance or the day of the event, Slide the City charges between $15 and $60 for tickets. According to Pratt, Soldier On Service Dogs would get $60 for every volunteer they provide for the event. The organization will also get 18% of the ticket price for every participant who uses a special 10% online sales code provided by Soldier On Service Dogs.

The second application asks the City of Fayetteville to close down Dickson Street from St. Charles Street to West Avenue on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pratt hopes to find out if the city approved the application soon and said her organization isn’t the only supporting Slide the City, the Dickson Street Merchants Association is also throwing in their support for the event.

Soldier On Service Dogs matches up Northwest Arkansas veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder with service dogs. The program is free to qualifying veterans.

Pratt said the organization just got seven new German Shepherd puppies that need foster homes for seven to nine months. Anyone interested in fostering a service dog can apply here.