British football fans may soon be able to have more fun than just the game at St. James Park in Newcastle. Slides from the stadium seating 53,000 to the parking area and train station are planned and waiting for approval. Utrecht’s “travel accelerators” got the ball sliding, so to speak, and Newcastle is looking to make the slides part of a pocket park near the stadium. As one of the slide designers noted: “We want people to ride the slide, then go up the stairs and do it again.”
There is one other sliding possibility in Newcastle already – a 230m zip line from the Tyne Bridge across the Tyne River.
In my continuing theme of fun stuff to do in cities, I discovered other games were happening in London during the recent Olympics – games we all can play (wheelchair friendly games were included).
Can street furniture encourage social interaction? Worth a try. Or perhaps “meeting bowls”? And, don’t forget all the fun ideas over at The Fun Theory by VW dedicated to the idea that making things fun can help us change behavior for the better.
There’s New Urbanism and Tactical Urbanism, but I’m trying to promote Fun Urbanism. I love cities, especially big cities, because there are unexpected places or events which help multitudes of strangers play together.
What better place to help people play than the London Underground? Millions travel by Tube – why not make it fun? With elephants. And art.