With snow falling and schools closing, kids in Syracuse are once again able to spend snowy days sledding.
There was a city-wide sledding ban, after the death of a child. Those restrictions have been loosened.
The city has opened up two hills, one in Burnet Park and one in Sunnycrest Park. The hills are open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and snow days. Children should have adult supervision, and a city employee will be at the hills during open hours.
They say the rules are in place to prevent tragedies that caused the original ban.
"Sleds only, we don't want toboggans or snowboards, and then the rules are posted, and otherwise have fun, rule number one is have fun," said Syracuse Commissioner of Youth Programs Julie LaFaye.
An added bonus to sledding during the city's sanctioned hours are the warming lodges, where you can rent snowshoes, warm up between trips down the hill, and grab some free hot chocolate.