Giant water slide in Oslo draws fans

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Around 58,000 Norwegians have indicated they’d be keen on hurling themselves down a giant waterslide in Oslo, if organizers can manage to pull it off. City officials, meanwhile, say they haven’t received any applications for permission to hold such an unusual event.

The idea was launched by a young Norwegian named Erik Holm, who spread it via social media and claims the response has been “wild.” He told state broadcaster NRK that even though he works with social media, he could hardly believe how many people latched onto the idea.

It involves rolling 300 meters of rubber matting from the Royal Palace and down Karl Johans Gate, the main parade boulevard in Oslo, and then pumping water on it. “I saw some really cool video about something like that on YouTube (called “Slide the City”) and thought it would be cool to try it in Oslo,” Holm told NRK.

Now he’s under a certain amount of pressure to make the waterslide a reality, but city officials would have to approve it and they haven’t had an application from Holm. “We see the engagement this has created on Facebook,” Camilla Strandskog, secretary to the city government, told NRK. “We are at the outset positive.”

newsinenglish.no staff