Sledding Banned in 1 Pennsylvania Park, Restricted in Another

December 20, 2010

A western Pennsylvania town has banned sledding in a popular park and voted to lay out a sledding course in another.

Beaver’s borough council unanimously approved the restrictions because of liability concerns raised by its insurance carrier.

Under the new rules, sledding is banned in a park overlooking the Ohio River. Sledders can go down a marked course in another park, but can’t go all the way to the top of the hill.

The Beaver County Times reports the regulations include a ban on sledding after sunset and a helmet requirement for children under 12. Metal and plastic disc sleds are also banned.

Councilwoman Shirley Sayers says officials are trying to make the best of a bad situation. She says pending lawsuits against the borough for sledding incidents prompted its insurer’s concerns.

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