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Lindon Aquatics Center to open new “speed slide” this weekend

By Ashtyn Asay - | May 26, 2022

Courtesy Lindon Aquatics Center

An aerial view of the new speed slide set to open at the Lindon Aquatics Center on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

The Lindon Aquatics Center’s new speed slide will officially open Saturday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. More than a new feature, the opening marks the start of the summer swim season.

The blue waterslide, which stands at 30 feet tall and 225 feet long, is over double the height of the yellow waterslide, long a fixture at the aquatics facility. All guests 48 inches tall and over who have purchased a general admission ticket to the Lindon Aquatics Center will be able to ride the slide.

According to Alan Walker, recreation superintendent of Lindon Parks & Recreation, this new waterslide will serve as an exciting new addition to the aquatics center.

“Our facility has been open since 2009, and it is time to add a fresh face to the facility, and we are just so excited to get a new speed slide,” he said. “Our facility is wildly popular in the community, and we are excited to bring something new and show it off, and bring people back and get them excited to come to the pool.”

Walker said that aquatics center employees have enjoyed using the speed slide as part of their training, and he believes community members will enjoy it as well.

Courtesy Lindon Aquatics Center

The new speed slide set to open at the Lindon Aquatics Center on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

“We’ve had to practice and get certified on it, and it is so fun,” he said. “You can really adjust the way you ride and get going pretty fast.”

While causing a host of issues, the the COVID-19 pandemic gave the aquatics center time to plan and gather the funds for the slide, time they may not have otherwise had.

“The idea has been tumbling around for years, Every ten years the facility should have something kind of new and big and bright for the facility, but with COVID everything kind of got put on pause,” Walker said. “But that was the best time for us to really look at it and evaluate it, and budget and get the money allocated.”

A three-person crew only took a week to put together the speed slide after it arrived.

“It took a little while to get everything else going, the pumps, the motors, the certifications, but to build the slide it was very quick,” Walker said. “It was really crazy, everything just went super fast.”

The Lindon Aquatics Center will open for the season at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the speed slide will take place at noon. Lindon City Mayor Carolyn Lundberg and members of the city council are expected to be in attendance.

“We’ve got treats and it will be a short and simple ribbon-cutting,” Walker said. “We’ll just thank our sponsors and vendors, and then we’ll open it to the public for the first time.”


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