Wednesday December 6, 2006
Tips Offered to Keep Sledding Safe and Fun
For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is one of the highlights of the winter season. Metro Parks opens hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.
Metro Parks has selected the best and safest sledding hills in the area. Staff will be available at all sledding hills with first aid kits and will be able to contact emergency services if necessary. Additionally, staff will light and maintain bonfires when conditions are appropriate.
When snowfall occurs, Metro Parks employees will visit designated sledding hills to post an “open” or “closed” sign, depending on snow coverage at each location. As long as the sledding hills maintain adequate snow coverage, they will remain open. Park users are asked to avoid sledding when hills are closed, as it causes turf damage that must be repaired in the spring.
DESIGNATED SLEDDING HILLS:
· Cherokee Park (Baringer Hill, intersection of Alexander Road and Scenic Loop)
· George Rogers Clark Park (1024 Truston Avenue, behind playground, near McKinley Avenue)
· Joe Creason Park (1297 Trevilian Way, behind Metro Parks administration building)
· McNeely Lake Park (6900 Cooper Chapel Road, near Korean War Memorial)
· Riverview Park (8202 Greenwood Road, along floodwall)
· Tyler Park (1501 Castlewood Avenue, on Tyler Park Drive side of park)
· Charlie Vettiner Park (5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road, near Easum Road entrance)
· Sledding is permitted on designated sledding hills only when the “Sledding Hill Open” sign is displayed.
· Sledding hills will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. as long as there is adequate snow to protect slopes; all sledding hills will close at 11 p.m.
· Park vehicles only in regular parking areas to protect your car from damage.
· No vehicles are permitted off the pavement in any park.
· No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time.
SLEDDING SAFETY TIPS:
· Only use devices designed for sledding.
· Wear appropriate clothing - make sure you don’t have loose ends or flaps that can get caught.
· Dress in layers, so you can remove one layer without risking frostbite. Several thin layers are warmer than one bulky layer.
· Make sure you’re with someone who knows your name and can contact your family in an emergency.
· Don’t drink alcohol before sledding - it impairs your ability to use good judgment and causes your body to lose heat more rapidly.
· Check your path for trees and other objects before starting your descent.
· Don’t sled head-first. Make sure you have good visibility during your descent - don’t face backwards, and make sure your vision isn’t obscured by hats and scarves.
· When climbing the hill, stay to the sides. Don’t climb in the sledding path.
· Don’t start fires on your own. If Metro Parks has already started a bonfire, be careful not to stand too close to the flames.