Here is where tobogganing is permitted after city bans activity in 45 areas
by Ron Johnson for Streets Of TorontoPosted: January 15, 2024 Photo: Photo Courtesy: @nbellotoronto on Twitter.
Toronto’s winter thrill-seekers are in for a bitter chill this season as the city declares a ban on tobogganing at a staggering 45 parks, leaving only 29 designated hills scattered across the city for those interested in taking up the great, and absolutely free, winter pastime.
The decision, ostensibly based on safety considerations, dictates that only the approved hills provide a clear path from the summit to the base without obstacles. Regular inspections promise to uphold these standards, ensuring that the authorized toboggan havens are free of any potential hazards.
City officials have emphasized the need for sledders to adhere to safety guidelines, which include the mandatory use of helmets, avoidance of loose clothing, and supervision of children. While safety is undoubtedly paramount, the stark reality of such an extensive ban is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many a winter-loving Torontonian.
In 2017, the city rolled out a toboggan hill inspection program with the mandate to enhance safety at “highly-used” hills. However, this program seems to have morphed into an outright prohibition.
Who knows if anyone will actually be fined if they dare sled down a prohibited hill, but maybe the ban would at least relieve the city of some sort of liability of someone crashes.
For those looking to avoid the toboggan police, here is the list of approved slopes.
Adams Park – 2 Rozell Rd., Scarborough
Bickford Park – 400 Grace St., Toronto
Birchmount Park – 95 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough
Bridlewood Park – 445 Huntingwood Dr., Scarborough
Burnett Park – 352 Burnett Ave., North York
Byng Park – 299 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough
Cedarvale Park – 443 Arlington Ave., York
Centennial Park (Etobicoke) – 165 Centennial Park Blvd., Toronto
Charlottetown Park – 65 Charlottetown Blvd., Scarborough
Cornell Park – 18 Beran Dr., Scarborough
Fairmount Park – 1725 Gerrard St. E., Toronto
Glendora Park – 201 Glendora Ave., North York
Glen Stewart Park – 351 Glen Manor Dr., Toronto
Graydon Hall Park – 215 Graydon Hall Dr., North York