Huge water slide ‘will not be coming to Hampstead Heath’

Organisers were hoping to bring a slip & slide to Hampstead Heath. Picture: Facebook/University Soci

Organisers were hoping to bring a slip & slide to Hampstead Heath. Picture: Facebook/University Socials - Credit: Archant

Plans to bring an enormous water slide to Hampstead Heath this summer have received so much support from the public, organisers say they’ve had to abandon the idea.

Events company University Socials last week announced its intention to bring the “epic” slip-and-slide to the Heath after being inspired by a similar project in Bristol which saw a 300ft long water slide run down a sloped street during the summer last year.

The firm, which organises events for students in a number of UK cities, created an event page on Facebook, saying: “After seeing the epic street slide in Bristol we are determined to make London proud and host a completely free event on Hampstead Heath this summer.

“As we’re all aware, British weather is rather unpredictable so we’re having to be flexible on the date, but most probably [it will be] in late July/early August.”

But after some 41,000 people backed their idea, the company suggested the event may have got out of control and could be too big for the Heath.

Edward Ash, the firm’s events promoter, told the Evening Standard: “The response was phenomenal. Unfortunately the Heath won’t be possible but we are scoping out different venues.”

It said on its Facebook page that the company is now “in talks with an incredible country house on the outskirts of London”.

The City of London Corporation, which manages the Heath, said it hadn’t received any application seeking permission for the slide so could not comment on why the idea was abandoned.

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Paul Maskell, City of London Corporation leisure and events manager at Hampstead Heath, said: “Every Heath event is assessed on an individual basis. The key for us is always to find the right balance between the diverse needs of the Heath’s many different user groups, whether they are dog walkers, picnickers, or thrill seekers.”