Sledding is cheap family fun. But Sioux City says if you're using their property to do it, you'd better follow the rules. They say it's safer. Others say it's not.
Fresh powder had Jaime, and his kids, sledding on a big hill at Grandview Park, Tuesday.
Jaime didn't share his last name, because what he was doing wasn't legal. You see, about four years ago Sioux City designated spots for sledding on city land. Jaime's hill wasn't one of them. He brought his kids there because, like some parents, he says city sledding zones are too crowded.
"I usually try to take them places where there are not many people at a time. That's the only way I can keep them from getting hurt," said Jaime.
The city has only two zones, a small hill at Grandview, and a larger one at Sertoma Park. They do get busy, but the city says if folks slow down and take turns, they're the safest places to sled on municipal ground.
"They're more or less obstacle free, and the safest areas we can identify," said Sioux City's City Manager Paul Eckert.
Sioux City Police say they'll be actively enforcing the policy. They say anyone sledding at parks or on trails, outside of safe zones, could face a "misdemeanor citation."
"We know people, adults and children, who have been injured. We don't want that to happen," said Eckert.
Still, as long as sledding zones are busy, Jaime will be headed elsewhere. He thinks it's safer, and if nothing else, he says his kids love it.
"You've got to try and give them what they want when they are little. You're only a kid once," said Jaime.
As a reminder, the city says this policy only applies to their ground. You can still sled down hills on private property.