Tuesday December 6, 2005
Metro Parks offers winter sledding fun when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches
For thousands of local children, sledding is one of the highlights of the winter season. Metro Parks will open seven sledding hills whenever there is significant snow accumulation (at least 2-3 inches). Park workers will visit designated sledding hills and 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.
Metro Parks has already 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.
DESIGNATED SLEDDING HILLS:
- Cherokee Park
- George Rogers Clark Park
- Joe Creason Park
- McNeely Lake Park
- Riverview Park
- Tyler Park
- Charlie Vettiner Park
SLEDDING SAFETY TIPS:
- Sledding is permitted only on designated sledding hills 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.
- 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.