An application to run a giant water slide down Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles has been denied by the L.A. Department of Public Works.
The event organized by a Utah-based company called Slide the City had planned to send a torrent of 15,000 gallons of water down a plastic slide the length of three football fields. The Sept. 28th event would have been open to 3,500 people.
"The permit was denied, because the event is not consistent with the seriousness of the statewide drought and DPW’s commitment to water conservation," said Tonya Durrell, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
Durrell said that Slide the City can appeal the decision.
An official with Slide the City said he wasn't sure that his company would appeal, but he said his company may seek a separate permit for a later date.
"We're postponing the event, and once we jump through all the right hoops, we will be bringing the slide to downtown Los Angeles like we've wanted to," said T.R. Gourley, CEO of Slide the City.
The event had garnered the support of City Councilman Jose Huizar earlier this month, after the Slide the City agreed to certain changes in its original application, including changing the date and location of the event. The company also promised to use the estimated 15,000 gallons of water to irrigate Griffith Park.
"We were through the whole process, and in the last week or so, we had a few more hoops to jump through. We were working through it and working through it, and I guess we just weren't able to work through it like we were supposed to," Gourley said.
Gourley said that he hopes to bring the event by the end of the year or early next.
Public outcry erupted over the planned event after it was announced. An online petition against the slide gathered more than 10,000 signatures.
Slide the City has already sold tickets for the event, but Gourley said purchasers would be able to receive refunds.
"If people want a refund, they can have one, or they can just wait until we come to LA, which will probably be a month or two away," Gourley said. "We're still excited to come out, and it's not like the end of the world that our permit was denied, and we're still excited to come back."