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Slide the CitySlide the City is slated to come to Racine August 8, but the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) needs to decide what health regulations need to be in place before these types of events are held in Wisconsin.

Scott Ward, event director for Slide the City, said that until the state works out the regulatory issues, the event is on hold.

“We’re at a standstill,” Ward said. “But we’re hoping to have something from the state in two weeks.”

The event will allow guests to slip-and-slide 1,000 feet along Hoffert Drive from English Street to about 100 yards north of the Beachside Oasis. The issue is that the state hasn’t had any events like this before and the filtered water in the pool at the bottom of the slide may be a sticking point.

Kari Dawson, events director for Real Racine, said Real Racine was going to foot the bill for the water, which is recycled through a filtration system. However, the state may take issue with using recycled water and if the state says they can’t use recycled water the event could be cost prohibitive.

“They are treating this as if it were the Dells, but we really need a special events permit,” Ward said. “We’ve been able to work it out with other states.”

Slide the City has pitched the event to Milwaukee, Racine, Green Bay and Sun Prairie.

“If we don’t know by April, then it’s too late,” Dawson said. “We’re still trying to figure out what do.”

The city and the parks department has been very supportive of the project.

“Once those guidelines are in place, the event, in partnership with Real Racine, can move forward with applying for the appropriate approvals in the City of Racine,” she said.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.