Peoria's sledding hills are up and running

By Beau Ebenezer
By Larry Foulk

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The first big snow fall meant one big slide for Peoria residents.

Sledders from around the area took the plunge at Bradley and Detweiller Park Friday morning, following a winter storm that left just enough snow.

"I kept watching last night, and I looked outside before I went to bed. I thought, that's enough to go sledding," said Peoria resident, Melissa Stevenson."That's all I care about."

While some took advantage of the snow in Peoria, other areas are restricting sledding due to the possible risks.

Paxton's Park District is restricting use of its sledding hill due to liability issues of people getting hurt.

This is something that does not sit well with area sledders.

"Sledding is like a tradition, said sledder," Caleb Henderson. "It's a great way for people to come down, get together, and just have fun. I think that is something to be preserved."

Peoria Park District officials said thanks to ongoing inspections and up-keep of designated sledding hills, liability issues have never been a problem for their district.

"Detweiller just has that one run and it is developed for sledding," said Park Supervisor for Peoria Park District, Ray Boyer. "We have very few accidents up there. In fact, I don't remember the last time we had a major accident. There is just your normal scrapes and bruises and stuff like that."

Park officials added that the designated sledding hill at Detweiller Park is inspected each day to ensure the safety of sledders.

The Peoria Park District is also on the Park District Risk Management Association, which gives them guidelines to follow for their sledding hills.

With the ongoing upkeep of these hills in Peoria for the last 30 years, park officials do not expect to see the slippery slopes going away anytime in the future.

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