Citing weaker than expected advance registration numbers, organizers of Slide the City have canceled the Racine event that had been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 at North Beach Park.
Scott Ward, event director at Slide the City LLC told Real Racine’s Kari Dawson that because of the poor advance showing, the company would “lose its shirt” if it moved forward with the event. As of Monday (July 6), only 389 people had registered for the event. Ward had expected the event to sell out to a crowd of 5,000.
Ward said all registered participants will be contacted by e-mail tomorrow and will be offered a full refund or a transferred entry to Slide the City Milwaukee scheduled for Saturday, July 25.
Slide the City is a 1,000-foot water slide staged along a city street. Participants ride down the slide on inner tubes. In Racine, the event had been planned for Hoffert Drive at North Beach Park. Real Racine, the county’s destination marketing organization, had planned to help fund the event in Racine by covering the municipal costs, such as the park rental, street closure, police and water fees.
Anyone with questions can contact Slide the City’s customer service department by visiting the event’s website: www.slidethecity.com and clicking on the “Contact” icon.