Small Illinois Town Closes Sled Hill Due to Liability Risk

February 22, 2013

A small town in eastern Illinois is losing its sledding hill because the city says it’s just too big of a liability.

Kay McCabe is a member of the Park District board in Paxton. She tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that the district’s insurance company warned that costs would sharply rise if anyone had an accident on the hill in Coady Park.

Paxton is about 30 miles north of Champaign and sits in one of the flattest areas in Illinois. Places to ride a sled downhill in that part of the state are almost all man made.

Park District Director Neal McKenry says he believes people will miss the hill but he hopes they get over the disappointment.

Workers have already started removing trees and other vegetation from the hill.

Latest Comments

  • February 25, 2013 at 11:57 am
    matt says:
    JW, the real question is why. Why won't people accept that an accident is an accident? I suspect a lot of the time it's because the people don't have any money to pay for the ... read more
  • February 25, 2013 at 10:32 am
    T Dubya B says:
    I wish we could count on the judiciary to throw out those claims against third persons that arise out of someone's own voluntary act of sliding down a naturally occuring hill ... read more
  • February 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    It's not a liability risk says:
    It's a lawyer risk.
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