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O’Fallon debuts ‘Slide the City’ event for summer family fun

Parking for Slide the City is at Fort Zumwalt West High with overflow at  First Baptist, Holy Cross Lutheran and O’Fallon Christian churches.

Parking for Slide the City is at Fort Zumwalt West High with overflow at First Baptist, Holy Cross Lutheran and O’Fallon Christian churches.

Part of Mexico Road will be nearly unrecognizable on July 25-26 when O’Fallon throws  a 1,000-foot slip ‘n’ slide across the asphalt for its first-ever Slide the City event.

The slide will be located near Fort Zumwalt West High, between Painted Pony and Turtle Creek drives on Mexico Road.

City Councilmember Jeff Schwentker (Ward 4) said feedback from residents and businesses has been positive for the upcoming event.

“I think people are excited,” Schwentker said, adding that he feels the event will be a good family outing. “Especially with the food trucks and beverages being served along the side.”

Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s festival manager, said that 10 food trucks will be serving fresh grub, and the Fort Zumwalt West Boosters also will have a food booth on-site. Since the slide requires riders to be at least 5 years old and 46 inches tall, the event also will feature a kids’ area full of youth-friendly activities.

“Because of the demographics of our community, we felt that we should bring in kids’ activities for the young families that are here in our community,” Seymour said.

Activities in the kids’ area include water tag, a tricycle track, a regular-sized slip ‘n’ slide and gladiator jousting. Entry into the kids’ area costs $5 per child. To ride the 1,000-foot slide costs $30 in advance ($35 day of) for a single slider and $45 in advance ($50 day of) for a triple slider. Multi-ride and unlimited passes are available at a higher cost. Participants need an inflatable tube to ride. To order passes and for more event information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/slide.

In addition to the other festivities, music will be provided by local radio stations and several local churches will offer activities of their own. Seymour said the event will go on rain or shine, but may close down temporarily in the event of severe weather.

According to Schwentker, parking for the event has been an issue of concern for some. Turtle Creek Drive residents had raised some concerns regarding the issue of parking on the street, but Schwentker said that O’Fallon police and event volunteers will be on-hand and monitoring the parking situation.

To help alleviate parking problems, Seymour said attendees are encouraged to park at Fort Zumwalt West High, and if space runs out there, shuttle service will be offered from First Baptist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and O’Fallon Christian Church starting at 1:30 p.m.

Mexico Road will be closed throughout the duration of the event between Painted Pony and Turtle Creek drives. Seymour said that there will be electronic message board signs guiding drivers through detours around the event.

Schwentker said he and Bob Howell, his fellow Ward 4 councilmember, will be out on the slide at the event.

“Hopefully it’s going to be a hot day, and everybody’s going to want to get wet,” Seymour said.

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