Slide to open at McClure Park

A new slide arrives at McClure Park.

Longer slides come to those who wait.

The McClure Park slide, originally intended to be 30 feet long, is now 45 feet long and will open to the sliding public at a dedication ceremony Monday. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and will involve a short program with community speakers, music, food and children’s activities.

“The opening of our new hillside slide provides families with a fun addition to our local park and is a direct result of efforts to engage and empower the community,” said David McElroy, head of the Friends of McClure Park. The organization headed up efforts to upgrade playground equipment and improve the small park located on the steep Eighth Street hill and Franklin Avenue.

“Residents have enthusiastically embraced the design process and volunteer efforts that make this park truly their project,” McElroy said.

McClure Park, less than an acre in size, includes an open grassy area, a swing set and picnic tables and a backstop, as well as views of the Columbia River and downtown.

Angela Cosby, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said efforts to improve the park were a community project for the past five years.

“It all started with a small group of committed neighbors with a vision of providing neighborhood children with a creative place to play,” she said, “and now we’re opening an amazing slide that represents the wishes and spirit of the community.”

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