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Newburgh sledding ban in place, sledders find other options

The first big snowfall of the year didn’t stay too long in the Tri-State as rain swept in turning the fluffy flakes into a mushy mess. 

But for a few hours Reitz Hill, one of the most popular sledding spots, stayed busy.

“I was excited I was ready to come outside and play,” said 10-year-old sledder Kingston Marshall. 

“We came out to see if we could snowboard on this Reitz Hill we hear about,” said snowboarder Tommy Cox. 

The massive hill provided a lot of fun, but a lot of work on the way back up. 

“It's smooth going down the mountain but it's hard climbing back up,” said Marshall. “When I first went sledding my first time I was nervous because it was a big mountain and I was only 7 and then just went down and was brave so I just tried it and it was fun.”

But in Newburgh another sledding spot, the Old Lock and Dam, was quiet this year. 

“No sledding” signs line the area after 16-year-old Davis Collier was killed sliding into oncoming traffic and hit by a car last year. 

A sledding ban was placed on the hill by the town council since the accident, ongoing for the rest of the season. But a few sledding tracks were still found in the snow Saturday.

The council is still looking into making another spot safe for sledding, but until then folks in the area have to find other options. 

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(This story was originally published on January 12, 2018)

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