Metro Parks Designates Seven Parks for Winter Sledding
Friday March 7, 2008
Tips Offered to Keep Sledding Safe and Fun
For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Metro Parks will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.
Metro Parks has selected its best and safest sledding hills in the area. In order to ensure that everyone using the selected hills has a safe and enjoyable experience, staff will be available at all sledding hills with first aid kits, and will promptly contact emergency services in the unlikely event of an accident. 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. Sledding on slopes that lack appropriate snow depth will cause turf damage that must be repaired in the spring.
DESIGNATED SLEDDING HILLS:
- Sledding is permitted 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.
SLEDDING SAFETY TIPS:
- Only use devices designed for sledding.
- Wear appropriate clothing - loose ends or flaps can easily get caught.
- Sleds should contain a number of riders appropriate for the designated device during each descent.
- 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 family in an emergency; parents should remain with their children.
- Don’t drink alcohol before sledding - it impairs your ability to use good judgment and causes the body to lose heat more rapidly.
- Check your path for trees and other objects before starting your descent.
- Don’t sled head-first. Good visibility is necessary 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. It’s important to remember that slopes can become very crowded during peak times.
- Only Metro Parks employees are permitted to start bonfires. If Metro Parks has already started a bonfire, be careful not to stand too close to the flames.