Sledding is something we all remember back to the days when that Flexible Flyer sled was under the tree for lucky kids. Then came flying saucers and various other sledding devices for young thrill seekers.
It can be dangerous. I remember siding into a stump in suburban Washington as a youngster. It was a bell ringer.
In Watertown, families have long slid down the hill at the entrance to Thompson Park, off the circle. The hill is a good spot and invites the adventurous to climb to the top for a more harrowing ride...So much so, bales of hay have been at the base of the hill to stop speeding sledders. It's a hard hit colliding with the frozen bales.
One young couple I talked to today had been to the top and said it was scary and that they saw a family of spectators get "wiped out" by a sled careening down the hill.
That's why a proposal came about to fence off the upper section, while one Council member wants none of that, instead wanting the City to purchase netting to catch high speed sledders headed for the road.
A "sled at your own risk" sign seems odd now that there is an acknowledged hazard in some eyes.
I think its best to keep sledding at a level where kids and families can safely enjoy it. It's sledding, not the Olympics.