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Grab your sled and head for the hills this winter.

Release your inner Griswold with the 2020 sledding guide

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Look at the weather forecast and you can see that it's time to bring the sled back down from the rafters – or up from the basement – wax up the bottom and make sure the handles are tight.

OnMilwaukee is happy to provide you with a list of some of the best hills in the county, which are now covered with snow, children and some really big kids who haven't quite grown up yet.

You can hit the hills at any of the sledding spots listed below during the day, and then take advantage of the area parks' lighted hills if you're not quite ready to come in when the street lights come on.

Bayside Village Hall
9075 N. Regent Rd., Bayside

Brown Deer Park
7835 N. Green Bay Rd.

Calhoun Park
5400 S. Calhoun Rd., New Berlin

Columbus Park
7301 W. Courtland Ave.

Dretzka Park
12020 W. Bradley Rd.

Greene Park
4235 S. Lipton Ave., St. Francis

Hales Corners Park
5765 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners

Hawthorn Glen
1130 N. 60th St.

Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Ave.

Kinderburg Park
N104 W19809 Donges Bay Rd., Germantown

Kletzsch Park
6561 N. Milwaukee River Parkway, Glendale

Lafayette Hill
Next to the tennis courts, across from McKinley Marina

LaFollette Park
9418 W. Washington St., West Allis

Lowell Park
2201 Michigan Ave., Waukesha

Maitland Park
6001 S. 13th St.

McCarty Park
8214 W. Cleveland Ave., West Allis

McGovern Park
5400 N. 51st Blvd.

Mee-Kwon Park
6333 W. Bonniwell Rd., Mequon

Menomonee River Parkway
At North Avenue, Wauwatosa

Mitchell Park
524 S. Layton Blvd.

Park Arthur
S63 W17833 College Ave., Muskego

Riverside Park
1500 E. Riverside Pl.

Sheridan Park
4800 S. Lake Dr., Cudahy

St. Mary's Hill
2323 N. Lake Dr.

Valley View Park
5051 S. Sunnyslope Rd., New Berlin

Whitnall Park
5879 S. 92nd St., Franklin

Wilson Recreation Park
4001 S. 20th St.

The Milwaukee County Parks once again provide lighting at the following sledding sites daily from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., so don an extra layer and hit these hills before and after dark once they open for the season.

Currie Park
3535 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa

Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Ave.

Pulaski Park
2677 S. 16th St.

Whitnall Park
5879 S. 92nd St., Franklin

Whitnall Park traditionally keeps its clubhouse open for sledders from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, so warm up with a cup of hot cocoa before, during or after the fun.

For those who want to learn a little bit more about the science of sledding, check out this video from Dr. Chris Stockdale, associate professor and assistant department chair of physics at Marquette University.

And for those who want to see Clark Griswold fling himself down a hill and halfway across town on a terrifyingly fast sled, well, we'll just leave this clip here.

Sledding Safety (from Milwaukee County Parks)

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following safety guidelines:

Essential Safety Guidelines

  • Sled only in designated areas free of fixed objects such as trees, posts and fences.
  • Children in these areas must be supervised by parents or adults.
  • All participants must sit in a forward-facing position, steering with their feet or a rope tied to the steering handles of the sled. No one should sled head-first down a slope.
  • Do not sled on slopes that end in a street, drop off, parking lot, river or pond.

Preferred Safety Guidelines

  • Children under 12 years old should sled wearing a helmet
  • Wear layers of clothing for protection from injuries.
  • Do not sit/slide on plastic sheets or other materials that can be pierced by objects on the ground.
  • Use a sled with runners and a steering mechanism, which is safer than toboggans or snow disks.
  • Sled in well-lighted areas when choosing evening activities.


TheyThink | Dec. 12, 2016 at 10:01 a.m. (report)

I love how the article lists safety tips and has this in bold: "No one should sled head-first down a slope." But yet the picture OnMilwaukee uses for the article has TWO kids going head-first down a slope!!! And they have NO helmets on!!! Are you trying to kill us all OnMilwaukee???

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