Inflatable water slide makes a splash in Norfolk

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by Eric Kane, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 11:40 PM

NORFOLK -- As thousands prepare to head to Virginia Beach's Oceanfront, a Norfolk business owner is unveiling a new attraction to keep the fun in the Mermaid City.

On Friday, Jeff Howlett opened the new Ocean View Waterslide at Community Beach Park.

The four-story inflatable slide stretches over 170 feet.

Howlett, who used to manage the slide in Virginia Beach, is hoping the new attraction will breathe new life into the iconic waterfront.

"I used to go to the amusement park when I was a little kid," explained Howlett. "This is just great that we can bring something back."

The slide will stay open until September.

Howlett says he has an agreement with the city to operate the slide for the next five summer seasons.

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