Sledding delayed on Eastlake MetroPark’s hill in Cortland

Even though the hill won't be ready for this season, officials are optimistic that by this time next year, it will be ready for use

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Those waiting for the completion of a sled hill in Cortland will have to wait at least another year before it is ready for use.

Overlooking the fact that there is not enough snow on the ground for sledding, the sled hill at Eastlake MetroPark may look like it is ready for some winter fun. But park management says rocks and other debris sticking out of the dirt would make for a dangerous ride.

“We want to get this hill where it’s safe and enjoyable for adults and children to use, and at this point in time, there’s rocks and other protrusions coming from the soil, and it’s just not safe,” said Trumbull County MetroParks Chairman John Brown, Jr.

Brown said the hill is about 90 percent ready, but there is still work to be done, including removing the debris, adding six inches of top soil and planting grass in the area.

Trumbull County MetroParks Director Zach Svette said planting grass is an important part of the preparation.

“If you don’t have grass or some sort of hold for that dirt, it’s just going to wash away or leave whatever you have underneath sticking out,” he said.

Since Trumbull County MetroParks is leasing the land from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the park carries the brunt of the liability.

Brown said he knows people are frustrated that the sled hill isn’t open yet, but there are liabilities.

“I mean, you certainly wouldn’t want your child to slide into a rock and split his head open,” Brown said.

Even though the hill won’t be ready for this season, officials are optimistic that by this time next year, it will be ready for use.

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