Looking for something to do with younger children who may not be ready to cross country ski or snowshoe? You can go sledding! Members can borrow any of our sleds at Riverside Park or Washington Park during our public hours, then come inside for a nice cup of steaming hot cocoa, coffee or tea! Sleds are available any time during public hours and can be borrowed for up to three days.
Where can I go sledding?
In Riverside Park! Our sledding hill behind our building at Riverside Park is a perfect place to go sledding! In Riverside Park the large hill offers a variety of slopes for beginners and thrill seekers alike. There is also a very small hill by our rain gardens that’s perfect for younger children.
In Washington Park! The best sledding hill in Washington Park is just on the other side of the lagoon from our Center.
In the Menomonee Valley? Not quite yet. The large park we are helping to build will have a few pretty massive hills that will be awesome for sledding… in 2014. We will have sleds available to borrow then! Mitchell Park nearby on 27th Street has a pretty sweet hill that you can take your own sled to in the meantime.
My 13 year old and her friend want to go sledding; can I send them down to the Urban Ecology Center to borrow a sled with our family membership?
Unfortunately, no. As with all of our equipment, members must be 18 years or older to borrow sleds. Can you come with your daughter/son and check out a sled for them to use? Absolutely! We do ask that children using the sledding hill have adult supervision, so bundle up and go sledding with them!
We went out to the sledding hill but it looks a bit icy/treacherous… what should we do?
Please come let us know! We track sledding conditions so that we can warn our visitors if the hill is dangerous. Often, the largest part of the hill that receives the most sledding action gets the iciest. Gentler sloping hills are a good substitute if the most popular spots are bad. If the hill is really dangerous, we won’t lend sleds for use in our parks.