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JUMP's 5-story spiral slide will open to the public Thursday evening

Rides in the big tube are free. The slide will be open from 6 to 8 p.m.
Credit: Tyson White/KTVB
The spiral slide at JUMP in downtown Boise will open to the public on Thursday, May 2. Rides are free.

BOISE, Idaho — "It’s quite an exhilarating ride."

That’s how the KTVB morning team described spinning down the 5-story spiral slide at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, or JUMP, in downtown Boise.

Doug Petcash, Maggie O’Mara, Joe Parris and Larry Gebert all got to go for a ride Monday morning.

The slide will open to the public this Thursday, May 2, as part of the First Thursday. That’s where people are encouraged to come to downtown Boise to experience art, shopping, dining and entertainment in a special and unique way. The event typically runs from 5-9 p.m.

As for the JUMP slide, it will be open to the public from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday in May through October, weather permitting. The slide will also be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting on June 1. Rides are free.

JUMP community engagement director Kathy O’Neill said they’ve been testing the slide since last summer and getting it ready for the community to use.

“This is an opportunity to take a risk, to try something new and explore your potential,” said O’Neill.

There are height and weight requirements. Sliders must be at least 44 inches tall and must weigh less that 330 pounds. There is no age requirement.

There is also a two-story slide with eight lanes that is built for racing. O’Neill says it gives people a chance to enjoy their competitive side.

She says please don’t bring personal items like purses and backpacks, as they don’t have a place to keep them.

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You can watch KTVB’s morning crew test out the spiral slide on this Friday’s edition of Today’s Morning News.

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