Icy Central hill sanded for safety
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Jan 29, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Icy Central hill sanded for safety

Stratford Gazette

Chet Greason, cgreason@stratfordgazette.com

Some area residents were up in arms after photos were posted on Facebook showing that the hill at Central Secondary School had been covered in sand. Many opined that Central School was the latest entity to hop on board the anti-tobogganing bandwagon that's been sweeping the province.

However, this was not the case. Vice-principal of the high school, Scott Richardson, clarified that the hill was sanded after the school received calls from parents reporting that it was pure ice.

"We're not against tobogganing," he said in an interview with the Gazette on Thursday, Jan. 29. "But with conditions like that, we had to keep safety in mind."

Indeed, when the newly sanded hill was investigated by Gazette reporters on Wednesday evening after the Facebook photos had been shared, it was discovered that the bulk of the hill was covered in a thick layer of extremely slippery ice. Even after the sanding, the hill was still somewhat treacherous. A small group of four local young people were making the best of it and were tobogganing down the hill, although at speeds that were likely significantly reduced.

"It was just sand, no salt," clarified Richardson, refuting one of the errors that was bandied around on social media. "We wanted to protect the grass, but still take the edge off the ice.

"Hopefully, we'll get a bit of snow so we can get back to tobogganing," he offered.

While speaking with Richardson, a light snow had begun falling outside, coating the incline and ensuring the likelihood that area young people will be back tobogganing on the popular hill very soon.

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