New water slide faster, darker, better

The LP water slide

OMG, it rocked.

I’m not sure what I loved most about the new water slide at Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool: how fast it was or how long it was.

I made it down the first two times in like 20 seconds.

Before I went down a third time, Tina Ross, aquatics coordinator with the city of Grand Junction, told me to arch my back. She said that would make me go faster.

She was totally right. I flew down the slide in 14 or 15 seconds. I screamed. A little.

On top of being fast, the new water slide is entirely enclosed, which adds excitement to the whole thing.

Pretty much the entire length of the slide is in the dark. I couldn’t tell when turns were coming. I only saw light right before I fell into the catch pool at the bottom.

I told Tina that she needs to put screaming voices inside the slide as sound effects like in a haunted house. She laughed at me.

Tina did go over the slide rules with me before I went down because there are some changes with the new slide as compared to the old slide.

Inner tubes won’t be used on the new slide. Who cares? I don’t really like inner tubes anyway, unless a speed boat and a lake are involved.

People can only go down feet first. I was a little bummed about that until I realized I probably would have choked on the water rushing down the slide with me if I had gone head first.

Last, anyone who rides the slide must be at least 3 1/2-feet tall. My friends would insert some stupid short joke here. Whatever. I’m 5-foot-1 and tall enough to go down the water slide.

I never went down the old slide, so I really can’t compare the two, but Tina said the old slide at Lincoln Park wasn’t enclosed and wasn’t as fast as the new one.

Well, since the speed and the fact it was enclosed were my two favorite things about the new slide, I can tell you this slide is better.

Keep in mind, there are 56 steps to the top of this water-slide mountain, so be prepared for a climb if you have any plans of going down what Tina affectionately calls “Big Blue.”


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