Park and Slide

Park and Slide

Luke Jerram By Luke Jerram

We want to temporarily transform Park Street in Bristol in to a giant water slide for the public to enjoy! Help us make this ambitious and fun idea become a reality!

Bristol Delivery stage

pledged of £5,628
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This project was funded on 18 Apr 2014!


Park and Slide is a project dreamt up by Bristol based artist Luke Jerram. Enabling the people of Bristol to navigate the streets of their city in a new way, this temporary 90m water slide is a simple architectural intervention and a playful response to the urban landscape.

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The slide will be on Park Street, a well-known main street in central Bristol. It’s steep incline and prominent location makes it perfect for the slide site. Park and Slide will be presented as part of ‘Make Sundays Special’, enabling people to see their city in a new light. For the event, Park Street will be closed to traffic and dominated by people not cars. The slide will be free for the public to use.

Like many of Jerram's large-scale art projects, Park and Slide requires public participation to be activated. The person on the slide becomes the performer, while spectators either side watch on.

What we'll do:

  • Close Park Street in Bristol to car traffic on Sunday 4 May
  • Build a giant 90m water slide from plastic sheeting and haybales
  • Install safety barriers up Park Street for spectators
  • Create a fair queuing system for people to have a go on the slide
  • We will not charge the public on the day, to use the slide
  • Allow people to slide down Park Street to experience their city in a completely new way!
  • Everybody can come and see the spectacle, but ride tickets will be limited. More info at
  • >>> New information about tickets and participation can be found at <<<

Why it's a great idea:

Park and Slide will be a unique and memorable once in a lifetime experience and asks people to take a fresh look at the potential of their city and the possibilities for transformation. Imagine if there were permanent slides right across Bristol: linking Clifton with Hotwells; Cotham with Stokes Croft. This is our city, and maybe it's up to us to shape its future?

Following rumours about the project, it has already gained support from Bristol’s finest culture bloggers:

“If last year was all about Gromits on every street corner, this year in Bristol might be remembered for one giant piece of playful art on Park Street as Luke Jerram hopes to install a giant water slide that the public can ride from the top of the road to the bottom. “ Bristol Culture

How we'll get it done:

  • Luke Jerram and his team are developing the slide with safety advice, to ensure it is safe and fun
  • The slide has already had a trial run at Ashton Court with support of Bristol City Council
  • This campaign will fund both the slide and the final development work
  • Project management and artist fee for Luke Jerram is being donated in-kind

For your chance to get a ticket sign up here >> !!

Project management and artist fee for Luke Jerram is being donated in-kind.
In the unlikely event the slide has to be cancelled due to really extreme weather we will aim to present the slide again later in the year, but most of the money paying contractors for the first attempt will be lost.


Location Bristol

About the space

Busy shopping street in central Bristol


Bristol City Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £5,628

Event safety - £2,980 (53%)
Slide materials - £1,163 (21%)
Public liability Insurance - £550 (10%)
Installation - £389 (7%)
Other - £546 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Event safety
Slide materials
Public liability Insurance
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £5,628