The Slippery Slope of a Threatened Lawsuit Print
Wednesday, January 14 2015

Thanks to threatened and existing lawsuits, towns across America and Canada are banning tobogganing and/or sledding. In Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey, Indiana and farther north in Canada, the fear of lawsuits and injuries have towns banning the sport.

In 2013, the town of Hamilton, Ontario was ordered to pay $900,000 to plaintiff (and lawyer) Bruno Uggenti, who suffered a spinal injury while (illegally) sledding. Since November of 2014, a petition demanding the city "LET US TOBOGGAN!!" has collected more than 1,000 signatures.

Now, Dubuque, Iowa, is set to ban toboggans in nearly all of its 50 parks.

“We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them,” said Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager. “We can’t manage the risk at all of those places.”