Update [17:00 AEST]: Slide Melbourne has confirmed via their Facebook page that they now have Melbourne City Council approval for the three lane, 400m slide.
Slide Melbourne has also confirmed that all four sessions are now completely sold out! They are looking at putting on another day, pending approval.
Original Story: Yes, you read correctly, Slide Melbourne (the organisation behind the idea) is planning on setting up a three lane, 400m water slide in Lansdowne Street next to the Fitzroy Gardens.
Following the concept of a similar slide setup in Perth last year, Slide Melbourne is yet to gain approval from the Melbourne City Council for the ambitious plan.
Despite the council not providing word on approval until at least mid-January, the website for Slide Melbourne is currently taking orders for the Sunday February 15th event.
Priced at $40 per person, participants buy passes for one of the four two hour sessions that run at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM and 4PM. Event organisers believe a two hour session will afford you three or four goes on the slide, depending on how many tickets are sold.
If you are concerned with the environmental effects of a three lane, 400m water slide in Melbourne’s CBD, Slide Melbourne has taken steps to develop a ‘Splashback Policy’. The Splashback Policy outlines that the slides will use a cumulative amount of water equivalent to 400 showers over the course of the day. Excess water after the event will be used to water Melbourne CBD gardens, according to event organisers.
Keen to give it a shot? Head to the Slide Melbourne website to secure your tickets. Just bring your ticket and yourself along on the day as event organisers will supply inflatables for going down the slide.
YouTravel will keep you posted on whether this event gets approval from the Melbourne City Council in tim for the Sunday 15th of February event.