Tens of thousands were interested in the Facebook event – long before there was a plan to make it happen. This Saturday, they’ll get to try a water slide running 300 meters down one of Oslo’s roads.
“Oh, it’s going well. I’m very excited,” says Morten Brøndmo over the phone to Visit Norway.
He is the project manager for the craziest project we’ve seen being rolled out – in this case, quite literally – in Oslo.
This Saturday, thousands of people are expected to show up when the traffic in Treschows gate is replaced by a 300 meters long and 5.5 meters wide water slide.
“What pleases me most now that everything begins to fall into place, is that the weather forecasts look quite promising,” says the project manager.
Still, he’s got a lot to think about over the next couple of days:
“Treschows gate will be closed, and a few side streets too. Rolling out the slide is one thing, but there’s also everything around it – registration tents, toilets, power, roadblocks, a sound system … it requires some logistics. With the slide and substrates we’re talking 1,500 square meters.”
But how is such a huge project happening at all?
It started, not surprisingly, on Facebook. The initiative taker Erik Holm created a Facebook event long before they had any slide – still less any permits from the municipality.
“He created the event after watching some videos from other countries, where they’ve done something similar. It gained massive support, and we decided that we could really follow through,” says Brøndmo.
Brøndmo, through his events agency Eventart, purchased the water slide – and got to work. This Saturday, it’s really happening.
“I expect we’ll have a lot of onlookers, as well as the few thousand that have signed up to try the slide,” he says.
To those who want to give it a go, he recommends to pre-order a ticket to escape queues. He also recommends being smart about what to bring and what to wear, and to be aware of the limited parking options – you should use public transportation.
If all goes to plan, it’ll be a day to remember.
“It’s nice to see how people are getting involved through Facebook. Many of those who live along Threschows gate are opening their backyards so people can meet and have barbeques. It’ll be great fun,” says Brøndmo.
As for what he most looks forward to …
“Honestly? To try the water slide myself.”