Anyone who remembers the "Big Red Slide" in Somerset growing up had a pretty awesome childhood, myself being one of them.

I recall climbing what felt like a million stairs just to reach the top of the slide and once I did, it was like I was on top of a mountain. Of course, these days, the slide doesn't seem that tall, but that's the fun part about being a kid.

The famous slide is no longer with us as it was torn down and taken apart over the past few years so it can be replaced with a newer big red slide.

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Putting the nostalgia aside, I spoke with the Somerset Recreation Director, Barry Fontaine, who said that the grand re-opening will take place sometime this month, so not that far away and just in time for the summer.

However, there's a price to pay to slide down this monstrous slippery tube. The price to enter the park for residents is $8 per day or $65 for a season pass and for all non-residents, it's $16 per day or $70 for a season pass.

The Somerset Recreation staff recently posted on Wednesday one last final update before the grand re-opening:

Concerns about the current condition of the slide's stairs and railings were brought up the the rec staff, and they will in fact be power washed, reinforced and sanded, and the handrails will also be replaced to ensure the safety of the guests.

The slide's renovations were taken on by the United Builders of Fall River and JH Landscaping of Taunton. It was paid for by the generosity of town residents and funds from the Community Preservation Act.

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