Slide the City event set for Sunday, Aug. 30

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Put on your bathing suit and get ready to belly flop your way down Dickson Street.

Slide the City, the company that travels around the country with a giant 1,000-foot-long slip-and-slide, will be in Fayetteville for a one-day event this Sunday, Aug. 30.

Advance tickets to range from $27.50 for a single slide to $62.50 for unlimited slides. Prices increase to $30 and $65 the day of the event.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Soldier On Service Dogs, a local non-profit that trains service dogs to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The slide will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Using the promo code “dogs” when purchasing your tickets helps maximize the donation to Soldier On Service Dogs, and also earns you a 10% discount.

Celebrity slide off

A handful of notable locals will participate in a “celebrity slide-off” at 3 p.m. during the event.

Razorback head basketball coach Mike Anderson, former Hog/St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Tom Pagnozzi, JB Hunt CEO John Roberts, local TV and radio personalities, and others will compete in six timed events to see who slides the fastest. The top six fastest celebrity sliders will get to name a puppy that will be trained as a local service dog.

Parking/street closure info

Dickson Street (from West Aveune to St. Charles Place), Rollston Avenue, School Avenue, Locust Street, and Church Avenues will be closed beginning at 4 a.m. on Sunday through around midnight.

Vehicles still parked on Dickson Street after 4 a.m. on Sunday will be relocated to a parking lot at 211 N. Church Ave. at no charge to the owner.

With the street closures and construction currently taking place downtown, organizers are circulating a map (PDF) with recommended parking areas. Free parking areas include: the Walton Arts Center parking lot; the lot near the Legacy Building behind Jose’s; the lots near the Fayetteville square; and some on-street parking in downtown Fayetteville.

A paid shuttle service will offer rides from the Baum Stadium parking lot, 1255 S. Razorback Road, roughly two miles from Dickson Street.

Organizers are reminding folks not to park in residential spaces (labeled R1-R299) downtown, or in the Fayetteville Public Library parking deck.