The Utah-based traveling water entertainment company Slide the City is planning to bring a 1,000 foot-long two-lane water slide to Detroit this summer, even as the city continues to shut off the water to thousands of city residents in poverty who cannot afford their monthly bills.
We know how much fun water slides can be, especially for young children, so we’re calling on Slide the City to donate their after-cost proceeds to paying water bills for families in need.
In addition, why not set a sliding fee scale so low-income families can also ride the slide? You could even bring the slide out of downtown to one of Detroit’s many neighborhoods, where most of the city and its children live. We’ll happily help promote your entertaining slide if everyone can have a chance to ride on it. If done right, the slide will create jobs and fun for Detroiters this summer.
Respect our community and do the right thing, Slide the City. Donate the proceeds of your Detroit water slide to families without water.
A message from our Chief Coordinator:
Hi, my name is Meeko A. Williams and I’m the Co-founder and Chief Coordinator of the Detroit Water Brigade. I was tipped off by my sources about this story. Now, Slide the City sounds fun, but who is funding this event? Where exactly are they going to have this event and why would they put this event on in a city that has 30K people with their water shut off? I represent those people and help them on the ground EVERY SINGLE DAY and i can tell you right now: Detroit residents do not have $15.00 to $60.00 to ride this water slide. What is water conservation and what does it mean to the organizers behind Slide the City? Where will this water come from? I’m sorry, this is a slap in the face to low-income Detroiters and there was no effort to get with community local people to talk about how Slide the City can help out in the efforts of stopping water shutoffs or reaching out to families stressed by not having water.
So the Detroit Water Brigade made this petition. OFFICIALLY, we call on Slide the City to donate their after-cost proceeds to#DetroitWater and propose a sliding scale fee for Detroit residents: $5 bucks one ride, $10 for 2 rides, $20 bucks wristband. Do not do this event in downtown Detroit. That’s not where the heart of the people is. Let’s do this in the neighborhoods. Pick a spot where it can hold a lot of families who would love to bring their kids out to this event.Do a concert with homegrown local detroit artists from different music genres. lets make this a fun event showcasing the best of our city.I will not deny the children a day of fun in the sun. DWB can even bring the people out and coordinate this event. Please sign and share around. We call on Slide the City to do the right thing and help the community.