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Bede Park’s giant slide back in use after repairs

Published on Friday, May 25, 2018

BEDE Park’s landmark giant slide has reopened to the public, after decay in the wooden frame forced its closure for over 18 months.

Expert contractors have been working on site throughout the month to complete work and get the popular attraction open in time for the schools’ summer half-term break.

The slide had been closed to the public since August 2016 after an independent safety inspection identified decay in the wooden frame that supports the slide.

Due to the specialist nature of the equipment, a new timber frame needed to be made by the original manufacturer Kaiser & Kuhne, based in Germany.

The two enormous metal chutes – the longest of which is 16metres long – have been fixed back into place, stringent safety checks have been carried out and the slide is now fully reopen to the public.

New climbing walls, bridges and other play features have also been introduced as part of the improvements to the slide.

Deputy City Mayor and ward councillor Cllr Sarah Russell said: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m really pleased that the Bede Park slide is back in use and just in time for the schools’ half-term break.

“It’s a huge attraction for local families and I’m sure there will be lots of children happy to see the fencing gone and the giant slide open and ready to enjoy once again.” 

The repair works have costed £80,000, and have been funded through Section 106 developer contributions.

The tower and slides were originally installed in 1999.