Two Drayton Valley tobogganing hills closed indefinitely due to cracks in hillside

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
January 26, 2018 - 9:41am Updated: January 26, 2018 - 10:39am

Two tobboganing hills in Drayton Valley will remain closed indefinitely as town officials try to figure out what has caused cracks to appear in the hillsides.

The cracks were first reported on January 5 and impact both the Peace Park and Ivan To Park. 

"At this time we are continuing with the closure of the hills for public use to ensure the safety of our residents," said Jennifer Stone, Communications Coordinator for the Town of Drayton Valley.

Stone called the longitudinal cracks a new situation for the town, adding that they will continue to monitor the third town tobboganing hill at the Aspen landfill, which so far appears unaffected. 

The cause of the cracks is still unknown, and a geotechnical firm has been brought in to assess the hills and create a report on the stability and future use of them. 

Town officials were unable to give a timeline on when the report will be completed.

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