Families will have a place to hit the slopes as the town will open a public toboggan hill when the white stuff returns this winter.
With a lot of land around the valley either privately owned or designated as a provincial park, tobogganers have had a tough go trying to find a smooth, safe place to ride. The town has worked over the last year to identify a public site where people could go.
But town CAO Darryl Drohomerski says they’ve now chosen a few hills of different sizes behind Extra Foods and below the water tower.
“We would set up different levels for different rides, for elevation, speed, etcetera,” Drohomerski said. “It offers people of all ages a winter activity to do that is easy and fun. While there are lots of hills in town, most are privately owned or are not safe to ride on. This provides a place that people can use without issue.”
Drohomerski said the town owns the land there and plans to grade the slopes and remove debris like rocks and glass. He expects the project will have a ‘minimal cost,’ which would include installing snow fencing to trap snow and mark off adjacent private land, as well as signage.