It has been nearly a decade since the 65th Street Slide ‘N Ride witnessed its last smile or heard its last laugh after closing its doors for good in September of 2008. Originally opening for the summer of 1972, the mid-town water slide was believed to be the oldest slide in the state of Maryland at the time of its closing. After 36 years of operating the business complete with the iconic hilltop water slide, miniature golf course, water boats, batting cage, basketball court, and ample rides and amusements for children, the owner had decided to turn in the keys and enjoy retirement. Most of the equipment on the land was sold privately, and during its final few days in existence, the property was merely the shell of what it once was. Take a look back to September of 2008 during this memorable and iconic OC landmark’s final days.
Brandon is a longtime enthusiast, chronicler, and author of Ocean City’s amusement and boardwalk history and is the creator of Trimper’s Haunted House Online (www.ochh.net), co-author of Trimper’s Rides (Images of America), and co-creator of The Bill Tracy Project (www.billtracyproject.com).