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An all-glass slide opens atop a downtown LA skyscraper




SkySlide is a part of a SkySpace, an observation deck opening this June at the US Bank Building. Suspended 1,000 feet above street level, it chutes visitors from the 70th to the 69th floor
SkySlide is a part of a SkySpace, an observation deck opening this June at the US Bank Building. Suspended 1,000 feet above street level, it chutes visitors from the 70th to the 69th floor
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SoCal thrill seekers can skip the lines at Six Flags and Disneyland because there's a new ride in town.

Hugging the outside of the West Coast's tallest skyscraper in downtown L.A. is a completely enclosed glass slide hovering 70 floors above the streets.

Called SkySlide, it's one of many features that are a part of the new observation deck SkySpace atop the U.S. Bank Tower.

http://gph.is/28VNwWIWhat you see beneath you when you ride SkySlide (Leo Duran/KPCC)

"On a clear day, we can see as far as 34 miles out," says John Gamboa with OUE, which owns the building.

The slide traverses between just two floors, but because it's made out of glass on all four sides, you'll be able to see miles across the region and to the ground below.

Riders are provided with a mat, and the tube deposits people directly onto a pad on the observation deck.

It's part of OUE's belief in the growth of DTLA as a destination.

"This is a great example of the transformation of downtown L.A.," says Gamboa, "and we'd really like to see this space turn into a cultural landmark for the city."

The view from the observation deck of SkySpace atop the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A.
The view from the observation deck of SkySpace atop the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A.
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SkySpace LA and SkySlide open with a grand opening party on Saturday, June 25th, with a free block party. Admission to the deck is $25 for adults, and a pass to ride SkySlide is an additional $8.



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