The Belle Isle Giant Slide is not just any giant slide. It is in Belle Isle, for one, and in the city of Detroit, for the other, which already gives it, shall we say, a certain notoriety, as a local history blogger pointed out today :
August 1973. The Belle Isle slide remains open to the brave, and if you don’t pay the right to access it, you risk getting shot. pic.twitter.com/fvFtf3HuuE
— 70sDetroit (@Detroit70s) August 20, 2022
But, as we learned yesterday, the Belle Isle slide hasn’t finished making the news. When the park reopened the slide on Friday after a long Covid hiatus, the first brave souls to climb the stairs and pay $1 to descend the fast track fell…almost violently. The slide was so smooth that riders were launched into the air over the bumps, drawing a crowd of video shoots that almost immediately went viral:
The giant slide at Belle Isle Park in Michigan was only open 4 hours before workers closed it to make adjustments.
I wonder why they decided to do such a thing pic.twitter.com/q7jpFdLdAO
— Art (@artcombatpod) August 19, 2022
The culprit, a guard from the Ministry of Natural Resources told the Freep, was a new layer of wax. The rides were alarming enough that the DNR shut down the slide after four hours and promised to make adjustments — more wax, but the tackier kind, presumably — before reopening on Saturday.
Meanwhile, entrepreneurs have taken over the circus to make some money, and who could blame them?
Never change, Detroit. You truly are the most interesting city in North America.
I love that a ton of people say kids just don’t know how to ride the Belle Isle slide.
Y’all should go there and teach them how it’s done! pic.twitter.com/KYiLhgBL0U
— Chanel Stitt (@bychanelstitt) August 20, 2022