Finding a safe location for sledding can be challenging, but here are several locations within central Indiana that offer free-for-the-skidding slopes.
Carmel: West Park, 2700 West 116th Street, offers a small designated sledding hill
Crawfordsville: Milligan Park, 910 Mill Street, has a small hill that is often used for sledding.
Fishers: Fishers Heritage Park at White River, 10595 Eller Road, offers a sledding hill. The Flat Fort Creek Park, scheduled to open too late for 2015 sledding, will offer a 50-foot ADA-compliant sledding hill.
Fort Harrison: Also in Marion County, Fort Harrison offers perhaps the largest public sledding hill in Central Indiana. There is a $5 fee for in-state vehicles to enter the park.
Greenfield: Riley Park, located at Apple Street and U.S. 40, offers a popular sledding hill in this 40 acre municipal park.
Greenwood: Freedom Park, 850 Stop 18 Road, offers a man-made sledding hill with stairs to the top.
Hendricks County: Hendricks County has two sledding areas. An 800 to 900 feet slope – fast, popular, somewhat dangerous (use at your own risk) — is in Washington Township Park at 115 McClain Place in Avon. Hummel Park, 1500 S. Center St., Plainfield, has a wide 200 to 300 feet designated slope. The sledding hill is off County Road 700 East across from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy rather than the main park entrance off Center Street.
Lafayette & West Lafayette: The twin cities clinging to the sides of the Wabash valley offers several exciting sledding prospects. Murdock Park, 18th and Ferry Streets, offers a unique tubing run with a snow-making machine that insures fresh powder when there are three or more consecutive days below 27 degrees. Happy Hollow Park, 1301 Happy Hollow Road, also offers a Tube Run. Slayter Hill on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette is a traditional sledding area, but if the university is closed for a snow day, anticipate lines not only of people but of sleds, tubes, and anything else that will slip over snow; kayaks have appeared.
Lebanon: There is a small man-made sledding hill in Abner Longley Park near Thompson and East Streets.
Marion County: Indy Parks and Recreation has several designated sledding areas- Brookside Park, 3500 Brookside Parkway S. Dr.; Christian Park, 4200 English Ave.; Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair; Garfield Park, 2450 S. Shelby St., Glenns Valley, 8015 Bluff Rd., Paul Ruster Park, 11300 E. Prospect St.; Rhodius Park, 1001 S. Belmont St.
Martinsville: Martinsville City Park, 360 N. Home Avenue, offers a great hill that is around 400 feet long at a 45 degree angle with a good-sized runout at the bottom.
Muncie: McCulloch Park, at North Broadway & East Centennial Avenue has a popular sledding hill that has been in the news recently as officials added hay bales and signage to reduce liability risks rather than prohibit sledding as some cities across the U.S. have done.
New Palestine: Southwestway Park, 5621 S. Carroll Road, has a sledding area.
Westfield: Simon Moon Park, 2710 East 171st Street, offers “The Hill,” a gently-sloping 40-foot mound that is available for sledding in winter.
Zionsville: A 100 to 200 feet slide is in the Mulberry Fields park at the corner of Mulberry Street and Ford Road.
Snow sled costs range from under $10 to $150; a tube designed specifically for sledding can cost $80 to $105. You can also go “old school” and pick up a “10.00/12.80 R20” truck inner tube that is about 40 inches in diameter at most large farm supply and tire stores
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