(NEWSER) – When a childhood pastime comes with a million-dollar price tag, sometimes the pastime loses out. In recent years, a 5-year-old's sledding injury led to a $2 million lawsuit against Omaha, while another case saw Sioux City, Iowa, paying $2.75 million. Such cases are prompting cities from Nebraska to New Jersey to crack down on sledding, banning the practice on many hills, the AP reports.
Dubuque, Iowa, for instance, is poised to ban most sledding, allowing it in only two parks. The planned ban "stinks," a city council member tells KCRG, "but if we get hit with one of these (suits), it’s a lot of money for our citizens." In other cases, city signs note that sledders do so at their own risk.