A portion of the 500 ft. water slide.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-A portion of downtown Grand Rapids looks more like a water park this weekend, as the community welcomes the world's largest water slide.
An estimated 2,000 people began lining up Saturday afternoon for a free trip down the 500 foot slide on Lyon Street. The $50,000 slide was paid for by donations from area sponsors. Organizer Rob Bliss admitted there were some glitches Saturday-crews had to take the bumps out of the slide because riders weren't getting enough speed, and the start time was delayed until 2 p.m. because of weather.
But that didn't stop eager riders from waiting hours to try out the water slide.
"Well, we've been here for four hours," Mark Vandenberg said from his place in the front of the line. "There were people here at six that have since left because they weren't able to get on the slide, but now we're right here. We're almost ready to take the plunge, so we're looking forward to it."
"It's really cool that we're going on a giant slip and slide on... Lyon Street," said Alanna Rycenga. "And you know it's cool that someone our own age put this together."
Organizers are offering riders a $30 pass that would put them at the front of the line. The water slide will be open until 10 p.m. Saturday. It will reopen again Sunday at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.