The snow is coming and we can finally enjoy one of the winter’s best pleasures… sledding!
Metro Parks is opening hills in several parks around the city so everyone can live their best (and safest) sledding life this weekend.
Designated sledding hills are located at the following:
• 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.
• Those who use the designated sledding hills are doing so at their own risk. Bonfires will not be permitted at Metro Parks’ sites, and sledders are urged to carry a cell phone in the event of an emergency.
• Please pick up your trash or use the designated trash bins for waste removal – or take trash with you as you leave.
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 or standing up. 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.