Playground slides are found in parks, schools, playgrounds and backyards. The slide may be flat, or half cylindrical or tubular to prevent falls. Slides are usually constructed of either plastic or metal and they have a smooth surface that is either straight or wavy. The user, typically a child, climbs to the top of the slide via a ladder or stairs and sits down on the top of slide and "slides" down the slide. Slippery dip is a term originating in Australia to describe a slide. .
Sliding pond or sliding pon is a term used in the New York City area to denote a playground slide.
Larger versions of the playground slide will be much higher with multiple parallel slideways. Participants may be provided with a sack to sit on to reduce friction for faster speeds and to protect clothing.