The toboggan runs at Chestnut Ridge Park will re-open today, Saturday, January 9th. The newly reconstructed chutes will be open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10AM to 4PM, and Friday nights from 4PM to 8PM (starting January 15th). Plans are also in place to open the toboggan runs by reservation on Wednesdays for school field trips or corporate outings.
The toboggan runs were originally built in the early 1930's at Chestnut Ridge. The chutes have been closed for the past five years, and were reconstructed over the past several months. Toboggan runs like these are now extremely rare around the nation.
Re-opening the chutes is part of the Collins' administration's master plan to restore the County parks. Reconstructing the toboggan runs cost slightly less than $200,000 and was paid for through the County's capital bond funding.
At this point, anyone using the chutes will need to bring their own toboggan, and only wooden toboggans are allowed. The County is looking into buying toboggans to rent out at a future date. To reserve the toboggan runs at Chestnut Ridge for your school or business, call 716.858.7037. More information is available at www.erie.gov/parks.
Top image: Chestnut Ridge,1931