Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sledding Banned in Washington, Nebraska Parks

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Sledding Banned in Washington, Nebraska Parks

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Liability and maintenance issues have prompted the park and recreation departments of Lincoln, Neb., and Spokane, Wash., to ban or restrict sledding in certain parks.

According to the Spokesman Review, the Spokane Park Board has banned sledding and cross-country skiing from its golf courses. Park representatives say that sledding and skiing damages grass for spring golfing, deterring the golfers whose fees solely maintain the courses.

But angry golfers don't paint the full picture. Nearby Spokane Valley makes it clear to sledders through signs posted that read: "Sled at your own risk." Signs with that statement appear in areas that the department's insurance carrier believes are risky and have even closed areas where collisions are considered to be "very likely."

Liability is the primary concern of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation department. A state court ruling created the Recreation Liability Act, which determined that government entities can be held liable for injuries or damages incurred in public recreation areas. …

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