The City of Mount Vernon has once again designated Third Avenue North, from First Street to Fourth Street as a snow sledding hill. The street traditionally opens for sledding after the first snowfall of the year.
During this time no on-street parking of motor vehicles is permitted on Third Avenue North between First Street and Fourth Street, and area families are invited to use the city street for sledding. According to City ordinance, sledding is restricted to the following days and times: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mount Vernon Police Chief Doug Shannon says that ramps or launching pads are not allowed on the sledding hill and area families are welcome to sled during the posted days and times. “There are not a lot of communities in the area that offer a public street for sledding,” Shannon says. “The Sledding Hill is a community tradition and one that we always encourage parents to enjoy with their children.”
Throughout the snow season, the sledding hill is blocked to all traffic, except for emergency vehicles and residents who need to access driveways and alleyways.