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One last summer splash

Community: Slip ’N Slide event provides Bridgeport Park with wet fun, help to nonprofit

Posted: August 14, 2010 8:31 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Luke Soanoa, 6, of Stevenson Ranch, hits a pool of soapy water at the bottom of a 50-foot Slip ’N Slide at Bridgeport Park on Saturday during an event hosted by Stesso Sports that benefitted Project Parachute.

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Although many local children have already headed back to school, they splashed along with family members for one last summer hurrah Saturday in the form of a 116-foot-long Slip ’N Slide event hosted at Bridgeport Park in Valencia.

The happening, put together by local business Stesso Sports, was held to raise awareness of the fledgling company that specializes in organizing after-work social sports leagues for adults, according to founder and owner Michael Stagliano.

While attendance was free, sliders paid a dollar a ride to zip down the slickened tarp. The owner said he planned to donate a portion of the procedes to Project Parachute, a nonprofit organization that helps single parents.

“I just want everyone to know we are here and put on a wild-and-crazy event that no one’s ever seen before,” Stagliano said.

Stagliano, a former cast member of “The Bachelorette,” tapped several other cast members to volunteer and aid in the cause, including “Bachelorette” season-four star, DeAnna Pappas.

“I hope the kids have tons and tons of fun,” Pappas said. “I think this is just a wonderful event where they can just be kids.”

Koby Garcia, of Valencia, said the downhill thrust of the slide made it different than the usual backyard fare.

“It just looked really, really fun,” he said.

Likewise, Tate Berney, of Valencia, eagerly threw himself head-first down the slide repeatedly, at speeds of “five miles per hour,” he said.

“You have to get a really far running start, and you have to run as fast you can,” the 7-year-old said.

Technique was a topic of debate among several sliders, kids and adults alike.

Daniel Klingler came from Mission Viejo area to conquer the slide, and quickly realized the slide has a “sweet spot.”

“I think I need to get my technique down a little bit better,” he said. “Maybe hit the slide a little later, get some more of the water.”

Klingler noted that such activities took him back to his childhood.

“I used to do a lot of Slip ’N Slides when I was younger,” the 44-year-old said. “I’m re-living the glory days.”

Stagliano had some words of advice for seasoned and inexperienced sliders alike.

“First, you need to ignore the first six to seven feet of the Slip ’N Slide because that’s not what you’re going for,” he said. “You want to jump, arch your back, reach out like Superman and then close your eyes and pray to God, because you’re going fast.”

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