Get ready to burn your ass on Belle Isle’s giant slide in Detroit again when it reopens Friday

The slide will open on weekends until Labor Day, following two-year closure

click to enlarge We love the giant slide, but it is a screaming metal death trap. - Drew Tarvin/Shutterstock
Drew Tarvin/Shutterstock
We love the giant slide, but it is a screaming metal death trap.

If you didn’t burn your hands going down the giant slide on Belle Isle as a kid, then you didn’t grow up in Detroit. After being closed for several years during the pandemic, the slide will reopen on Friday, Aug. 19.

It’s only open for a limited time — Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Labor Day Weekend. Rides will cost $1.

We’re not sure who thought putting a giant metal slide in the blistering sun with bumps that make kids feel like they’re gonna fly right off the damn thing was a good idea. But we’d like to thank them for this quintessential Detroit summer pastime.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will partner with Healthy Kidz Inc. to staff the slide, park officials announced in a social media post this week.
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Randiah Camille Green

After living in Japan and traveling across Asia, Randiah Camille Green realized Detroit will always be home. And when she says Detroit, she's talking about the hood, not the suburbs. She has bylines in Planet Detroit News , Bridge Detroit , BLAC magazine, and Model D .Her favorite pastimes are meditating on...
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