New measures alert visitors of sledding restrictions in Lee Town Park

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TOWN OF LEE — Caution-pennant lines, cables and padlocks have joined marker signs in backing the town’s annual safety-related restrictions on sledding in certain areas of Lee Town Park.

A line of yellow caution pennants was recently strung by the town across an approximately 100-foot stretch at the top of a hill where no sledding is supposed to take place.

In addition, the town has cabled and locked together several picnic tables under a pavilion near the hill’s bottom to prevent them from being used to make sliding jumps.

Similar steps have been taken in some other years, town Highway Superintendent
William Baker said Tuesday, and the |latest measures were after he came across a group of about six teenagers sliding in the restricted area. He told the Town Board last week about the actions by his department at the park, a popular local sledding site.

Other than the one day he had to remind the group of teens about not using the restricted area, Baker said Tuesday the public’s observance of the restrictions has been “pretty good” overall. For example, he said he saw several groups of sledders totaling “about 15-16 kids” at the park later on Tuesday and “they were all...following the signs” to avoid spots were sledding is not allowed.

“That’s good....They’re paying attention to the signs...the safety ribbon...following the guidelines,” Baker commented.

The restrictions, taking into account nearby buildings and facilities at the bottom of one of the park’s primary sledding hills, have annually included signs stating “Restricted No Sledding This Area” posted on trees across part of the hill at its top. The steps date back to when the town said a 4-year-old boy broke his leg in January 2015 sliding into a Little League public address/storage building at the bottom of the hill; the building, which also has one of the sledding restriction signs posted on it, is next to the park’s main Little League field.

The restrictions aim to protect sledders from potential harm and also are for legal liability purposes for the town, Lee Supervisor John Urtz has said.

Among spots where sledding is allowed is a location to the left of the restricted area as seen from atop the hill. There also is an available slope on the south side of the park’s main entrance road, near shrubbery that has been pruned to form the word “Lee.”

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