Putting Jaycees Park on the map


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February 17, 2015 9:02 AM

A local tobogganing hill has risen to national prominence.

An Edmonton man has designed a Google map that allows users to point out tobogganing hills across the country and write a description. “The Great Canadian Tobogganing Map” includes over 200 hills from Vancouver Island to Baffin Island to Cape Breton Island, and right in the middle of the map is a pin denoting Lloydminster’s very own Jaycees Park hill.

“It’s one of the best hills I’ve tobogganed on to be honest with you,” City of Lloydminster general manager of parks and recreation Cindy Rekimowich said. “It’s our biggest one that we have in Lloydminster. And it’s larger than most hills that are within municipalities.”

Rekimowich says there are other tobogganing hills in Bud Miller All Seasons Park and Kin-Kinette Parks, but the slope at Jaycees is one of the more popular spots for tobogganers of all ages.

“(The eastern face) is steeper and it’s a longer run. It would be for older kids to use and then the south side is a shorter run and often the younger kids go down the south side,” she said. “You often see families out at that hill and it’s big enough for older kids, so I wouldn’t put an age on it.”

The Google map annotation for the Jacyees hill says “The real fun … is the eastern face, which races down at the perfect angle, across the jogging path (which creates a natural jump), and continues across to the (hopefully) frozen lake.”

Rekimowich says the city does what it can to keep the hill safe, but she encourages tobogganers to be responsible and aware and do what they can to stay safe as well.

“At Jaycees Park at the bottom is a small pond, so we monitor that and make sure when ice become too thin and it becomes unsafe for people to toboggan, we’ll put our thin ice signs up and let them know that the toboggan hill is no longer available,” she said. “We do have sledding safety guidelines posted. Those include using protective equipment, how to slide safely and what position to ride in … and to (have) adult supervision.”

Other nearby hills on the Great Canadian Tobogganing Map include the Wainwright Bridge Hill on the Alberta side, and Table Mountain Regional Park and Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre, both outside North Battleford. The map can be found at tinyurl.com/p6km84y.

“It’s exciting to be recognized,” Rakimowich said.

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