Louisville Parks and Recreation Names Designated Sledding Hills Following Recent Snow Events

January 06, 2022

Louisville Parks and Recreation will open sledding hills in six local parks for kids and adults to enjoy from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when the snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

The best and safest sledding hills in the area have been selected and will remain open, as long as the hills maintain adequate snow coverage. The common rule-of-thumb for determining if enough snow accumulation has occurred is that if you see blades of grass poking through the snow cover; there is not enough snow coverage to sled. Sledding on sloped surfaces that lacks appropriate snow depth will cause turf damage that must be repaired in the spring.

Park users are asked to avoid sledding when hills are closed; sledding when parks employees have not posted the “open” sign, and at all other times, comes at your own risk.Louisville Parks and Recreation also asks the public not to sled on public golf courses. Sledding can cause considerable damage to fairways and greens that may result in costly repairs.

NOTE: Louisville Parks and Recreation asks that if families are planning on sledding that they observe social distancing protocols due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. Please keep 6 feet of distance away from other sledders, and only sled with members of the same household or close contacts. Wearing masks and using hand sanitizer whenever possible is also strongly encouraged.   

DESIGNATED SLEDDING HILLS

 

SLEDDING RULES

  • 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 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.

 

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