The City of Calgary knows that when done safely, tobogganing is a great activity which is fun for all ages and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. However, tobogganing can be extremely dangerous if carried out within a hazardous area.
In 2003 the Parks and Pathways Bylaw (20M2003) was developed to regulate the use of public open spaces within Calgary that are maintained by the City of Calgary and under this bylaw, the Director of Parks is able to designate areas within public parks and open spaces where tobaganing and sliding is allowed.
The City prefers to take an education approach to changing unsafe behaviours. While there is a fine for violating the bylaw, no fines have ever been administered since the bylaw's inception in 2003.
Currently the City has eighteen parks and open spaces that have been designated as sites appropriate for tobogganing in Calgary. The following criteria have been taken into consideration to designate safer areas for citizens to carry out this activity:
- The safety of the landing site.
- The absence of trees.
- The grade of the hill.
- The proximity away from traffic, off-leash areas, bike paths and other areas where use conflicts occur.
For a complete list of hills designated for tobogganing, visit calgary.ca/parks.
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