Angelenos petition to stop ginormous slip 'n slide amid drought

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When Downtown News announced that a giant slip 'n slide would grace downtown Los Angeles in September, it wasn't long before people who care about California's water supply were trying to stop it. 

The event is organized by and created by a company called Slide the City, which is represented by McFarlane Promotions in San Diego. McFarlane Promotions’ Malia LaFleur told DTN that the route will be along Olive between Third and Sixth streets.

The event's website says it's "bringing 1,000 feet of soapy vinyl to brighten your city streets."

This is how it's assembled: 

Video: How the ginormous slip 'n slide is made

DTN published that info on Friday. Saturday morning, Karina Soto published a petition on Care2 with the title: "Stop The City of Los Angeles From Allowing Giant Water Slide in Downtown During State Wide Drought!"

It has garnered 1,045 signatures — and here's what Soto had to say: 

California is currently facing one of  the worst droughts that has been recorded in the state's history. Many Californian's have been asked to be water wise because of this drought. Some people have even been faced with fines if water use has been too high. It is extremely irresponsible for any city in California to allow such an event to take place for the sake of money and fun while the state as whole has been suffering from this drought.  I am asking you to sign this petition today so that we may stop this from taking place in Los Angeles and any other city in the state of California.  Thank you.

L.A. isn't the only place where you can Slide the City. The "family friendly slip-and-slide water party event" has plans to travel all over the country.

McFarlane Promotions could not be reached for comment. 

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An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that McFarlane Promotions was organizing the Slide the City event, based on a story in the L.A. Downtown News. KPCC regrets the error.

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