Deadline Detroit | Detroit’s giant Belle Isle slide doesn’t play, sending riders into the air and throwing memes

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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 :

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 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.

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