PAXTON — The next time Paxton gets a big snowfall, the hill at Coady Park will be off limits to sledders.
The hill, a popular sledding destination for locals, is being removed over the course of the next several weeks. Liability concerns raised by the Paxton Park District's insurance provider, the Park District Risk Management Agency, led to the park board's decision to remove it earlier this winter.
"The insurance would have skyrocketed if someone was hurt," said board member Kay McCabe.
The park district's recreation director, Neal McKenry, said he thinks Paxton residents will miss the hill but will adjust eventually.
"I can imagine that the first couple of times it snows, they'll think about the hill and come out (to Coady Park) and see it's not there and be disappointed," McKenry said, "but I'm hoping within a couple of years it will be forgotten."
Workers for Murle Roy Construction, Paxton, started removing the trees and vegetation on the hill last week and began removing dirt this week, Roy said.