Dodd’s one-time waiver aside, no sledding is allowed down the hill where the Capitol building sits. After last week’s snowfall, families gathered there and got in some sledding time before the U.S. Capitol Police made them disperse, the Wall Street Journal reported. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reported Monday that a turned-away sledder said an officer claimed a lawmaker had complained.
Now Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is intervening to get kids their rights to sled. She sent a letter Tuesday to Frank Larkin, chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police Board, asking him to overturn the prohibition on
fun sledding down “America’s front lawn.”
Norton wrote that D.C. receives so little snow and that there are so few hills to sled on in the city that people should be allowed to sled down “the Hill.” She called it a “Scrooge-like ban.”
“I understand that there may be reasonable limits placed on sledding, but an absolute ban on sledding in the little snow the District has on the grounds of the People’s House and the Senate is unseemly and unnecessary,” she wrote.
In a statement to the Loop, Larkin, who is also the Senate Sergeant at Arms, said he has reached out to Norton “to meet with her to discuss her concerns.”
“The Capitol Police Board will continue to work with the Capitol Police regarding the safety and regulations of the Capitol Grounds,” he said.
With spring around the corner (we hope!) if Larkin does relent, hopeful sledders might not see the effects of the change until next year.