IMABARI, Ehime Prefecture--“Japan’s most dangerous” playground slide will be dismantled because daredevil adventurers could not resist going mad on it.

“The slide was a symbol of the community, so it is a matter of regret that it is going to be removed,” said an official with the city government. “If only people had used it in safer ways.”

The 60-meter-long snaking attraction at Asakura Midori-no-Furusato Park here was installed in 1991 and meets the safety requirements of the Japan Park Facilities Association, according to city officials.

But negative publicity sounded the death knell for the death-defying attraction.

TV variety shows and other media branded it “Japan’s most dangerous slide.”

In autumn 2016, a video clip was posted online showing a man shooting out of its exit at a tremendous speed in rainy conditions.

City authorities then closed it for about a month, but reopened it after installing a new warning signboard saying, among other things, that the user must not slide down it in a lying position.

The next thing that happened?

A 2-year-old boy being held by a relative was injured on the slide after smacking his forehead against a fence.

Another ban was slapped on the attraction in April 2017.

The slide has probably been used since then so the city government decided that safety cannot be guaranteed and will dismantle it by the end of 2018.

The city government has earmarked 4.9 million yen ($46,400) to remove it, and 6.9 million yen for installing its replacement, a rope-climbing frame for future spidermen aged between 6 and 12.