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Sledding's Slippery Slope

If the lawyers had their way, Charles Foster Kane might never have uttered the word "Rosebud." That is the implication of news from Nebraska, reported by Walter Olson at In the wake of a Nebraska Supreme Court decision that municipalities can be held liable for users' injuries in public recreation areas, towns in the state are closing or restricting skate parks and sledding areas. From Lincoln, Neb., Associated Press reports:

The same court ruling that prompted some Nebraska cities to close their skate parks has led Lincoln officials to restrict sledding at two of its public recreation areas.

"We've taken a critical eye on all of our outdoor recreation venues," said Jerry Shorney, assistant director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation. "This is the one we felt we had the least amount of control over."

AP says that skateparks have been closed in the communities of Fremont, Norfolk, North Platte and Scottsbluff. The city of Gering has closed both its skate park and sledding slope.

For the great and powerful Citizen Kane, the simple pleasure of a childhood sled summed up all that mattered in life. For future generations, perhaps the image of the sled will be replaced by that of a waiver of liability form.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 22, 2006 at 03:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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