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Toboggan at your own risk

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Sarnia is installing signs at six public toboggan hills to help ward off potential lawsuits.

Centennial, Len, Wiltshire, Tecumseh and Hollands parks will get the warning signage, as well as the hill at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

Some communities have banned tobogganing outright following hefty damage awards, including a 2013 settlement of $900,000 to a Hamilton lawyer who suffered a spinal injury in a sledding accident.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said all the signs in the world won’t prevent someone from suing the city.

“But you try to show (the courts) that you’ve taken reasonable steps,” he said.

When the re-landscaped Centennial Park reopens this year it will feature larger, higher toboggan hills.




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