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Sledding Capitol? It's not in DC Where Downhill Fun Is Banned

By    |   Thursday, 05 Mar 2015 09:16 AM

More snow is being predicted for the area but there still won't be any sledding on the Capitol building grounds in Washington because police refused to lift a ban on downhill fun there for security and liability reasons.

Frank Larkin, chairman of the Capitol Police Board and the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms, said there was concern about the grounds being damaged along with liability issues, according to WRC-TV.

"For security reasons, the Capitol grounds are not your typical neighborhood hill or playground," said Larkin about a request by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton to open the hill to sledders. "According to recent media reports, at least 20,000 sledding injuries occur in the U.S. each year."

Norton asked Larkin to "have a heart" and lift the ban, according to Roll Call.

"This is a one-time waiver that will allow D.C. kids to sled while we await a more formal review of the ban, which will likely come after the last snow has fallen in our region," Norton had said. In 2010, then Sen. Christopher Dodd won a sledding waiver at the Capitol during the "Snowpocalypse" snowfall, noted Roll Call.

Norton posted a message on Twitter Wednesday, pointing the finger at the Capitol Police Board for the continued ban.


At least one person tweeted that she planned to break the ban if the nation's capital got enough snow.


Others vented their frustration about the rule on Twitter as well.


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More snow is being predicted for the area but there still won't be any sledding on the Capitol building grounds in Washington because police refused to lift a ban on downhill fun there for security and liability reasons.
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