Tobogganing & Sledding

It's great winter fun.  Grab your choice of equipment, toboggan, sled or whatever and head out to the nearest park with a hill and slide down.  We have all done it.  Just take the kids and go, right?  Whoa.  Not so fast.  I'll bet most people aren't aware that in the vast majority of parks in Calgary this is an illegal activity and you can be ticketed with a $50.00 fine.  Whaaat?  Yes, it's true.  According to the City of Calgary "Parks and Pathways Bylaw"


21. No Person, while in a Park, shall:

(a) swing a golf club;
(b) propel a golf ball or plastic golf ball of any kind in any manner;
(c) engage in any form of archery;
(d) play lawn darts, horseshoes or disc golf;
(e) operate an amplification system;
(f) do anything which is likely to attract a crowd;
(g) take part in any procession, drill, performance, ceremony, concert or public gathering; or
(h) ride downhill on a toboggan, sleigh, carpet or other sliding device;
except in an area where such activity is specifically allowed by the Director

Beleive it or not, there are only 18 places in the city that are approved.  Taken from the City of Calgary web site, they are

Big Marlborough Park - dry pond 6021 Madigan Dr. N.E.
Confederation Park 2800 10 St. N.W. (north side of park immediately west of Rosemont Community Centre)
Deerfoot Athletic Park 14th Ave. and 16A St. N.E.
Glendale Park 25 Ave. and 45 St. S.W. (west side)
Kingsland - dry pond Heritage Drive SW behind the Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas
Maple Ridge - dry pond Mapleglade Close S.E.
Marlborough Community Association
McKenzie Towne​ 160 McKenzie Towne Dr. S.E.
Monterey Park Catalina Blvd. and California Blvd. N.E. (NE corner only)
Prairie Winds Park 223 Castleridge Blvd. (north side of hill)
Richmond Green 33 Ave. and 25 St. S.W.
Royal Oak 50 Royal Birkdale Dr. N.W. (north side of hill)
Rundle - dry pond 4120 Rundlethorn Dr. N.E. (behind Rundle Elementary School)
Sacramento - dry pond Sacramento Dr. and 104 Ave. S.W.
Scarboro 15 Ave. and 16 St. S.W.
Signal Hill Sirocco Dr. and Signal Hill Hts. S.W.
St. Andrew's Heights 2504 13 Ave. N.W.
Stanley Park 4011 1A St. S.W.

So, enjoy your outdoor activities this winter.  If you are sliding down a hill somewhere that isn't city approved, you have been warned.  Above all else, stay safe!


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