Sudbury

Sliding in Sudbury: city changes its mind on no-sledding rule

A popular sliding hill in Sudbury's west end will still be off limits, but the City of Greater Sudbury now says toboganning will be allowed in other park areas.

After posting no-sliding signs last week, city opts to make suitable hills safer

The city has placed an orange fence at Queen's Athletic hill in Sudbury to prevent people from sliding. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

A popular sliding hill in Sudbury's west end will still be off limits, but the City of Greater Sudbury now says toboganning will be allowed in other park areas.

A move by the city to fence-off a popular — but unofficial — sliding hill at Queen's Athletic Field and post no-sliding signs at other hills on city property met with public backlash on social media.

The long-used hill at Queen's Athletic was fenced off because of a serious injury at the site last year that resulted in a lawsuit.

In response to the perceived clamp-down on tobogganing in the Nickel City, a Facebook invitation was extended to more than 4,000 people encouraging them to get out the sleds. A group met at Bell Park on Saturday night to go sliding together.

This sign went up last week at a popular sliding hill in Sudbury's Bell Park, but the City of Greater Sudbury now says sliding will be allowed in most areas. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

Late Friday, the City of Greater Sudbury released a statement softening its stance on sliding:

"Although Queen's Athletic Field will remain closed, other sliding hills will remain open. City staff will be assessing safety conditions at each of these locations, including Bell Park, where safety barriers are being erected to allow residents to continue to use this facility," the statement said.

The city said it promotes active, healthy and safe enjoyment of outdoor activities and is committed to providing such opportunities for residents.

The statement also offered tips on how to slide safely: www.greatersudbury.ca/toboggan.

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