West Orange Township Council Approves Slide the City for June 4 Street Fair

Rendering of Slide the City Attraction in West Orange Credits: Slide the City

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Township Council has approved a Slide the City attraction for the June 4 West Orange Street Fair.

The resolution passed 5-0. This will be the first Slide the City event to be held in the state of New Jersey.

Council President Victor Cirilo posted the approval vote on Facebook shortly after the township council meeting, with an artist's rendering of what the slide will look like at the Street Fair. He said during the session that, “It will assist in promoting our municipality, and addition to that, showcase the town and street fair that is going on at the same time."

Sign Up for E-News

The attraction is a three-lane water slide, which will be located along Mt. Pleasant Avenue starting at or near the Route 280 overpass and ending just before Main Street. The on-ramp to Route 280 will be closed for the event, but the off-ramp will remain open. A similar attraction was planned for last year's fair, but ultimately did not happen.

The company's plans include keeping a portion of Mt. Pleasant Avenue available as a fire lane, with the slide taking up roughly half to three-quarters of the width of the street. There will be sidewalk space available to climb the avenue to get to the top of the attraction.

In some locations, the water is recirculated, but for this event, the water used in the slide will be chlorinated and flow through, as per Health Department regulations for safety.

Perry Bashkoff, West Orange Social Media Consultant, presented the attraction to the Council at the meeting. He said it was inspired from something he saw while on vacation.

"It is basically an 800-1,000 foot slip-n-slide,” he said. “I saw it in downtown Delray Beach, Florida which is very flat, and I thought it would be so much better with an incline. Who has inclines? West Orange."

Bashkoff said the company will be doing promotion in digital media and possibly local radio.  “They're looking to go big on this to bring as many people in as possible.  We're working with them closely on that."

Chief Administrator Jack Sayers said this event won’t be any more difficult than other town events to manage traffic flow and parking. "This is going to be no different than us doing the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  It's the same shutdown almost, so we're pretty well prepared for it," he said. 

In response to a question by Councilwoman Susan McCartney about Township’s responsibilities to host the attraction, Bashkoff explained Slide the City is responsible for everything associated with the attraction, including covering the cost of township-provided fire fighters, EMS and police, so there is no cost at all to the town.

Tickets for the attraction are already on sale as single ticket or multi-ride packages. The company said part of the proceeds from the attraction touring the country will be given to, a non-profit that is working to end the clean water crisis in developing countries by "helping one community at a time."

For more information from Slide the City on the West Orange event on June 4, click here.

For a video of the water ride in use at other events, click here.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

BARRE3 ...

Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

About Cloud ...

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
The West Essex YMCA has ...

MAX Challenge of West Orange - 2 Weeks FREE and more...

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is about to start its next challenge.  Sign up before April 9, and you will receive maximum benefits, including two weeks free!



12 weeks for the price of 10
Unlimited fitness classes 
Nutritional ...

Essex County Executive Announces Improvements to County Parks System

April 22, 2018

ORANGE, NJ - Using the tennis courts in Essex County Irvington Park as the backdrop, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced last week that the tennis courts in Irvington Park and Weequahic Park, and the basketball courts in Ivy Hill Park and Monte Irvin Orange Park will receive facelifts with new asphalt playing surfaces, equipment and fencing. The project is part of ...

Upcoming Events


Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity



Thu, April 26, 5:30 PM

West Orange High School - Cafeteria, West Orange

Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Food & Drink

Letter to the Editor: Lions Club of West Orange Spaghetti Dinner

April 16, 2018

Dear Editor,

Since 1953, the Lions Club of West Orange has been recognized throughout the township for our service to the blind and visually impaired. A majority of the world’s eye banks, clinics, and eye research centers are established and supported by all Lions Clubs throughout the world.

We are men and women committed to helping provide quality eye care, eye ...

West Orange Community House Seeks Community Sponsors

April 17, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Boys & Girls Club at the West Orange Community House (WOCH) has opened its new 9,000 square foot recreational facility at 250 Main Street in West Orange.

The WOCH has been supporting families of West Orange for 100 years, and needs help to continue providing much-needed recreational programs to West Orange. By placing an advertisement banner on the gym ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.


Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...