Knoxville to launch "Downtown Slides" program

Slides aren't just for playgrounds. They'll soon be popping up around Knoxville through the city's new "Downtown Slides" program. 

Mayor Madeline Rogero announced the program in a Facebook post Tuesday, writing "You never know where fun might strike." 

The slides will be built using a Play Everywhere Challenge grant from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that promotes incorporating balanced and active play into kids' daily lives. 

"The slides take advantage of our region's hilly terrain and build embankment slides into the ground next to pre-existing stairs," Rogero said. 

The first slide will be built at the Civic Coliseum parking garage. There will also be a series of in-ground metal hoops installed in the pattern of a ladder following the slide, so that kids can use it to climb back up the hill, according to a project description on the KaBOOM! website. 

After the first slide is built, a social media campaign will be launched to solicit suggestions from the public for potential sites to build more slides. 

The post did not say how many slides will be built in total. 

The slides aren't only for kids - adults will be encouraged to enjoy them too. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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