Monday, February 1, 2010

Would-be sledders complain to city officials that mason's private property tree planting on slope is ruining their fun; Alexandria, VA

Sledders find obstacles on popular Alexandria hill -
For as long as anyone can remember, in relatively flat Alexandria, as soon as snowflakes begin to fall, there is only one place to go for the perfect sled ride: the steep hills that fan out around the George Washington Masonic Memorial.
The often terrifying roller-coaster slide has been a rite of passage for generations of children, so much that it has been immortalized in drawings by local artists and on postcards.
So this winter, it came as nothing less than an insult to would-be sledders that instead of wide-open lawns, they found hundreds of freshly planted saplings and what they said appeared to be granite gravestones sticking up all over the hills.

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