Tropicanoe Cove's plans for new slide could bring back memories

A brand new amenity is sliding into Tropicanoe Cove.

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 10:45 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- A brand new amenity is sliding into Tropicanoe Cove.

It's all a part of celebrating the park's 20th year of operations next year.

On Monday the City of Lafayette and Parks and Recreation announced the $2.7 million plans for a new mat-racer slide at Tropicanoe Cove.

Funds for the new feature are coming from the Columbian Park Capital Projects budget line.

The slide will feature six lanes where riders can race on body-sized mats at speeds of up to 27 miles per hour.

The mat-racer will stand at a height of 44 feet, which is six feet taller than the park's banana peel tube slide.

But the design isn't too foreign.

It was inspired by the park's old big dipper burlap-sack slide, which was dismantled in the early 2000's.

Dave Macklenburg with the Park Board said the new slide will bring some nostalgia with it.

"I think it's gonna bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people," Macklenburg said. "It's gonna be really cool and pretty neat for all of us old people. Now young people don't remember the big dipper, but people in my age group will really think it's pretty cool."

The slide is expected to be finished by the start of next year's pool season.

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