Going by the smiling faces and the enormous queues the waterslide in Perth today was a real winner. SLIDESTREET will be coming to Fremantle for four Sundays starting next Sunday December 21, so get ready for some serious wet fun.
Here some impressions of the Perth event. The Freo event will be in Essex Street in front of the Sail&Anchor and the Cappuccino Strip will be closed for traffic on those Sundays at well.
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The City of Fremantle has just announced an absolutely brilliant event to activate the inner city and make it more pedestrian friendly and attractive to families. A 315 metre long water slide is the centrepiece of Fremantle’s summer activities that will see the port city’s famous Cappuccino Strip (South Terrace/Market Street) and Essex Street closed to vehicles over four Sundays in December and January.
Slidestreet Fremantle will begin on Sunday 21 December and continue every Sunday until 11 January. Both Essex Street (where the slide will be located) and the Cappuccino Strip will be closed on these days between 3.00 am – midnight.
Several local businesses including The Monk, Sail & Anchor, Benny’s, Grill’d and San Churro will be extending their trading areas into the street and stalls from the Fremantle Markets will be trading on South Terrace. There will also be a kids’ water slide, a climbing wall, a photo booth and sea containers on the strip which will act as change rooms.
To keep people entertained while they wait to slide, there will be a stage outside Benny’s with Fremantle Dockers’ player and musician Luke McPharlin and local favourite Matt Gresham performing an acoustic set on 21 December.
Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt said the reaction from the local businesses community has been excellent with businesses getting right behind the concept of closing Cappuccino Strip. “Freo businesses have been very supportive of what we’re doing with most extending their trading areas to activate Cappuccino Strip and we’ll also have lots of other supporting activities and entertainment for people of all ages.”