Bede Park’s high slide just days from reopening

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

WORK to repair Bede Park’s landmark giant slide is underway with just a few more days to wait until it reopens to the public.

Expert contractors are now working on site to reconstruct the 10.5 metre-high timber frame that houses the two metal chutes, the longest of which is 16 metres long. The slide is due to reopen to the public by Friday 11 May.

The slide has 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 wooden frame needed to be fabricated by the original manufacturers Kaiser & Kuhne, based in Germany. This is being constructed by their approved contractors. The existing stainless steel slide will be reused.

New climbing walls, bridges and other apparatus have also been installed as part improvements to the slide.

The repair works are expected to cost in the region of £80,000, and will be funded through Section 106 developer contributions.

Deputy City Mayor and ward councillor Sarah Russell said: “I know from personal experience just how frustrating seeing the Bede Park slide out of use for so long has been for local families.

“It is a very specialist piece of playground equipment and that has meant that these essential repairs needed to be carried out by the manufacturer. It’s good news that it will be open in time for the forthcoming Riverside Festival and the schools half-term break when I’m sure it will be very popular.”

The tower and slides were originally installed in 1999.