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Fort Worth bridge to transform into 2,000-foot water slide

People try out the 2,000-foot water slide during a 2014 Slide the City event in Salt Lake City.
People try out the 2,000-foot water slide during a 2014 Slide the City event in Salt Lake City. Courtesy

The North Main Street bridge will become a 2,000-foot water slide June 6 as part of the city’s 166th birthday celebration.

And a new festival, PantherFest, will also begin that day, according to a news release from the Trinity River Vision Authority.

“We in Fort Worth know how to throw a party, and we’re proud to partner with our friends at the Trinity River Vision Authority to commemorate Fort Worth’s birthday,” Mayor Betsy Price says in the release. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by turning our famous Main Street Bridge into a giant water slide. This should be a lot of fun.”

The all-day festival will feature beer from local brewers Rahr & Sons, Martin House and Panther Island; live music from Chris Watson and local bands; and food from restaurants such as Reata and Fred’s Texas Café, the release says.

But the slide down the Paddock Viaduct Bridge, aka the North Main Street bridge, will be the showstopper.

The provider, Slide the City, says the monster slide is padded and has “more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers.”

The Trinity River Vision Authority encourages you to “bring your floaties, and water guns (non-realistic), to squirt, spray, splash and get all attending soaked.” (Check out a fun video of the slide from an event in Salt Lake City, below.)

Admission to PantherFest is free, but those wanting to slip and slide must buy tickets from Slide the City when they go on sale Feb. 20. Prices haven’t been announced.

Keep an eye on both and for updates. The authority recommends buying slide tickets in advance because they are expected to sell out.

PantherFest will be produced by the Trinity River Vision Authority with support from the city and the Tarrant Regional Water District.