Damage on Ruby Hill Photo Courtesy of Denver Parks & Rec.

Photo Courtesy of Denver Parks & Rec.

After Denver's fourth largest snowstorm on record, hundreds flocked to Ruby Hill Park to sled, driving around barricades and tearing up turf to reach the top of the hill. Instead of walking up the hill, the sledders made their own "shortcut" causing up to $100,000 in damage while potentially stirring up old traces of asbestos.

"Repairs could cost upward of $100k due to mitigation of possible asbestos disturbance," said Parks and Recreation spokesperson Cyndi Karvaski. "The timeline for repairs is contingent on testing of the soil, the result and CDPHE recommendations."

Park officials also say there were an estimated 200 cars in the park the day after the historic storm dropped 27.1 inches of snow in Denver

Sledding was discouraged earlier in the season due to conflicts with a COVID-19 testing site set up within the park. 

It's still unknown how much the repairs are going to cost and exactly when they will take place. Denver Parks and Recreation is working with city and public health officials to determine this information.  

Ruby Hill Park is located off South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue in downtown Denver. The 88-acre site was created in 2007 in a partnership between Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort offering a winter sports experience, such as snowboarding and skiing, in an urban setting when it is open to the public.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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