On June 22, 2016, Hamilton City Council approved continuation of a pilot program which allows for particular hills to be used for tobogganing.
Effective December 23, 2016, residents are permitted to toboggan on these hills:
Chedoke Golf Course - Martin Course
- Martin Course, Hole #10 - Tee
Garth and Stonechurch Reservoir
- Northeast corner
- South side (East of parking lot)
King’s Forest Golf Course
- Hole #9 - in front of the 9th green
Waterdown Memorial Park
- Northeast corner, West of baseball diamond #3
Tobogganing is inherently dangerous, please do so at your own risk. Protect your brain. It is strongly recommended that individuals wear a certified hockey or winter multi-sport helmet and follow the posted safety tips when tobogganing.
To reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others, follow these tips:
- Before you proceed, assess the weather and physical conditions of the hill to ensure it is safe.
- Avoid tobogganing on icy hills.
- Choose a sled or toboggan that is easy to control.
- Do not toboggan at night or dusk.
- Construction of snow jumps and other obstacles is not permitted.
- A parent or guardian should accompany children.
- Call 905-546-2424 to report concerns about the hill.
- Call 911, if emergency assistance is required.
- Sit facing forward on the sled, not backwards, head first, or lying down.
- Move out of the way quickly at the bottom of the hill.
- Walk up the sides of the hill, not middle. Watch for people sliding down as you climb.
- Avoid stopping in the middle of the hill.
- Avoid scarves, loose clothing. Tie up long hair that can get caught.
- Children under 5 should not go down the hill alone. Use a toboggan that is large enough for an adult to go down with the child.
- Teach children to roll off the toboggan if heading for danger.
- Alert (shout) if you observe another slider headed for danger.
- Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the sled to prevent injury.
- Keep a safe distance (15 m) from the sled ahead of you.
- Do not leave sleds or other obstacles on the hill.
Wear a helmet
- Protect your brain. Wear a certified hockey or winter multi-sport helmet.
- Make sure the helmet fits correctly and that the chin strap is done up securely so that the helmet stays on in a crash or fall.
Additional helmet tips
- Look for the CSA, ASTM, or SELL label on the inside. Ask your retailer.
- Replace helmet after serious impact, when you see damage or every 5 years.
- Fit your helmet every time you put it on.
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