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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Finally, the first big snow of the season.  And now you won't be able to enjoy it with some sledding at most city parks in Dubuque.

Dubuque's City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to ban sledding in all but two of it's public parks.  Bunker Hill and Allison Henderson Park are not affected by the ban.  Sledding on private property is not affected.

It's a ban that they were all hesitant about, council member Kevin Lynch said, but ultimately needed to be done.

"It's a risk management thing," Lynch said. "Nobody wants to be a kill joy that says don't go sledding and have fun in the winter time. But the fact is, we live in a society where anyone can file a lawsuit."

"It's not one of those fun jobs we have, but it's something we have to do," he added.

As for enforcement of the ban?

"People won't technically be out there watching the hills," Lynch said.  "But if a law enforcement officer does see somebody sledding where they're not supposed to be, they're going to pull them aside and tell them they aren't supposed to be doing it."

The issue stems out of the way certain laws are written.  The city, while not on the hook for activities like skateboarding or rollerblading, is liable for any incidents that occur while people are sledding on city property.

Lynch said local legislators have been receptive to the idea of working to change the law.

"And if that law does get fixed, I'll be one of the first to try to get this ban lifted," Lynch said.

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