The Tower Slide, a 25-foot metal structure, is no longer part of Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago.
The Chicago Park District disassembled the slide Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution,” Park District spokesperson Michele Lemons said in an emailed statement. Tracing back as early as 2015, reports have emerged of injuries stemming from the spiral slide — some even leading to lawsuits — WMAQ-Ch. 5 reported.
The Park District declined to comment on reported injuries stemming from the slide.
“While the Tower Slide has always been safe when used as instructed, it will be replaced as part of this renovation with a new slide,” Lemons said.
The 3-acre Maggie Daley Park, nestled between The Bean and Lake Shore Drive, opened in December 2014. One of its myriad Play Garden spaces includes the Slide Crater, made up of spiral, wide, rail and other slides that land in an indented, craterlike area. Stretching above the other slides was the Tower Slide.
The Tower Slide’s manufacturer will replace the spiral structure with a new slide at no cost, Lemons said. Prior to construction, a design professional will review the proposal for the new slide, and construction will begin once Park District officials approve the design.
Maggie Daley Park is slated to open Memorial Day weekend. Whether the replacement slide will be installed by the time the park reopens remains uncertain.