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Snow Sledding In Lawrence


A recent Lawrence.com article, "Sled Lawrence: A primer to the best sledding spots in town (even if there's no snow)," by Liz Weslander listed several cool locations that are the hot spots for snow sledding in Lawrence. A similar review of sledding spots can be found in "Lawrence Kids."

Below is a low-resolution map and legend of the recommended sledding hills. Clicking on the map will link you to a larger, interactive version of the map.

Here is hoping for some sledding snow; but, not too much. Happy sledding! I'll see you on one of the hills come first snow.

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RoeDapple 6 years, 3 months ago

Hi DIST! The road in front of my place has about an 8% grade for 1/4 mile. Good for sledding except there is a "jog right/jog left" at the bottom with a concrete bridge post staring you down. I have seen cars hit it on icy/snowy days so wouldn't want to hit it on a sled.

David Klamet 6 years, 3 months ago

Next you should do a "History of Lawrence sledding". How many others remember sledding down Campanile hill, or near there east of Potter's lake before the sidewalks, etc. were built?

Sarah St. John 6 years, 3 months ago

I'll contribute the sledding stats from 100 years ago! In the winter of 1910-1911, KU students used to go flying down Indiana Street for eight blocks, all the way to the river, in their bobsleds:

The numbers of injuries -- some pretty serious -- worried the city officials. When the streets were paved a year or so later, they discussed banning sledding on the hilly streets, as the pavement would make the sleds go even faster:

An ordinance was indeed passed after that -- the 100 Years Ago for tomorrow, Jan. 3, will describe it in more detail.

riverdrifter 6 years, 3 months ago

All we need is snow and there's nothing showing in the forecast through mid-month.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

I just bought a vintage sled a couple of weeks ago at the big Antique Mall in Otttawa. It was less than thirty bucks, and is a lot better built than the new Flexible Flyers at Ace hardware that will set you back, with tax, nearly 100 bucks. And it's way kewl. Looked great displayed under my Christmas tree.

tobogganist 6 years, 3 months ago

Great. You can also check out http://tobogganhills.com/ for a map of local hills, and add the above hills for others to locate and enjoy. Many sleds will thank you! :)

gonewest 5 years, 10 months ago

I know this is late, and maybe not very interesting...

I only remember that my father HAD a "sled". We never really went sledding. We wen to the park with the train engine and tender (forgive me not recalling the name, I'm sure you know which). I slid on the ice in my street shoes. We may have take the sled there once. But it was...underwhelming.

I have lives in San Francisco since '81, and we get no snow here at all! I miss sticking my tongue to the train, and watching the half-dozen skaters fill the tiny train pond! Right now I am sad that I am not there.

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