October 1, 2023

Off Beat

Has the ‘cop slide’ craze reached its peak?

Boston officers put in barricades blocking entry to the Metropolis Corridor playground, residence to a slide featured in a viral video that has impressed numerous adults to take it for a take a look at trip. Package Riemer, Handout by way of The Boston Globe

Boston’s “cop slide” craze has seemingly reached its peak as metropolis officers moved to barricade the playground tools final week amid a surge in grownup thrill seekers.

Situated at Metropolis Corridor Plaza, the metallic slide grew to become a prime vacation spot after a video of a Boston police officer’s ill-fated trip went viral. Memes and parodies abounded, the views mounted, and adults flocked to the slide to provide it a attempt. 

At one level, the “cop slide” was even listed as a vacationer attraction on Google Maps, the place reviewers claimed the slide constructed character and was “quicker than the Inexperienced Line.” 

Nonetheless, a pair social media customers seen final week that the slide was barricaded at evening. 

“This simply in: Boston police barricade the doorway of the well-known Boston Cop Slide,” X person @Roxomoxo1 wrote in an Aug. 5 tweet. “Do the horrors by no means stop.”

One other particular person wrote on Tumblr that the playground was “being patrolled by individuals who hate enjoyable.”

A spokesperson for Mayor Michelle Wu’s workplace mentioned that blocking the slide was a brief measure, “as we have been seeing elevated exercise at evening by adults (when the slide is closed).”

They added: “At this level, we’re utilizing the prevailing signage and common safety enforcement to discourage adults from utilizing the slide however are now not blocking it off at evening.”

Notably, there are indicators posted on the playground warning that the slide is meant for youngsters ages 5-12 and isn’t meant for adults. However chatting with reporters earlier this month, Wu recommended that extra indicators could also be warranted.

“We would like all of our public areas to be beloved and if it seems like we have to guarantee that there’s extra signage that that is for youngsters or one thing, we will try this too,” she mentioned, in response to NBC10 Boston.