Official blasts Toronto as the 'no fun city' after controversial sledding ban

'No one wants to see little Jimmy getting a ticket for an afternoon of sledding with his friends,' one city councillor said

The city of Toronto has come under fire for banning tobogganing on 45 hills during the snowy season.

City Councillor Brad Bradford was particularly incensed since East Lynn Park, a popular spot for tobogganing in his ward, was among the hills now deemed unsafe.

"This is just nonsense," Bradford said to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on Friday. "It's the no fun city when you start seeing them cracking down on tobogganing, especially in a place that has decades of experience and a tradition of tobogganing."

Bradford told Fox News Digita that the latest ruling also prevented traditional safety methods for the now-restricted hills, infuriating locals.

Man sledding on Toronto hill

Councilor Brad Bradford criticized the decision as "nonsense." (Colin McConnell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)


"This is the kind of thing that makes people frustrated and upset about the City of Toronto. For years - decades - families have been tobogganing in this park in my community. I even bring my own daughter here. For people to wake up one day and see ‘no tobogganing’ signs makes them furious. Even worse, the City is now refusing to put out safety measures like padding and hay bales that they have done in the past," he read.

Despite the city’s ruling, Bradford believed that people will choose to sled in East Lynn Park regardless and hopes Toronto will not take actions against them.

"Regardless of what the city says or does, people are still going to choose to go sledding here. The city would be better to offer some protection rather than an all-or-nothing approach," Bradford said. "While I think putting up the signs in the first place was a waste of the city's resources, I certainly hope they don't follow it up with actually trying to enforce this by-law. No one wants to see little Jimmy getting a ticket for an afternoon of sledding with his friends."

People on snowy hill

45 hills throughout Toronto have been shut down after being deemed unsafe by the city. (Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images)


In an email to Fox News Digital, a spokesman for the city of Toronto explained that hills were deemed unsafe upon inspections based on several safety hazards.

"Hills not designated for tobogganing may pose hazards, including proximity to nearby trees or tree lines, condition of the turf/grass on the hill under the snow, nearby fences, paths or trails, and proximity to playgrounds and kids play areas, buildings or structures," the spokesman said. 

He added, "It’s also worth noting that the City permits tobogganing at most park locations. In fact, there are many slopes across the 1,500+ parks that can potentially be used for sliding and tobogganing."

Closed off toboggan hill

There are still 29 designated toboggan hills open in the city of Toronto. (R.J. Johnston/Toronto Star) (R.J. Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Established in 2017, Toronto’s toboggan hill inspection program regularly inspects local hills as a safety precaution. Currently, there are 29 designated toboggan hills open across 27 park locations.

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