Ski Hill Owner Weighs In On Thompson Park Sledding Issue

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The owner of Dry Hill Ski Area says putting netting at the bottom of the sledding hill at Thompson Park isn't the best idea.

The city of Watertown plans to install netting after several kids were hurt themselves when they hit the hay bales currently at the bottom of the hill. 

Tim McAtee of Dry Hill says hay is, in fact, the safest bet. 

But, he says the city should put the hay in bags and double wrap it with tarps, like Dry Hill does on its tubing slope. 

McAtee says that keeps the hay from getting wet and freezing into a hard mass.

"If you're coming down a slippery slope on an uncontrollable sled or tube, there's always some risk. It's not totally safe but we've eliminated most of the issues," he said.

Dry Hill also tries to slow tubers down by creating an incline in front of the hay bags.

Monday, September 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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