Like everything else Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton does, her fight to legalize sledding on Capitol Hill looks set to be a slow, grueling fight. After Capitol Police shut down sledders last month—-reportedly at the request of a persnickety congressman—-Norton asked for the lifting of snow restrictions. That process could take until the end of March, if not longer.
But the weather won’t wait that long. Ahead of tomorrow’s predicted heavy snowfall, Norton wants a one-time sledding waiver for District kids to run from Thursday to Sunday.
In a press release, Norton urges Capitol Police chairman Frank Larkin to temporarily pull the sledding ban for what’s (hopefully) the last snow of the winter.
“Have a heart, Mr. Larkin,” Norton says in her release. “A kid’s heart that is.”
Don’t bust out the trash can lids and cafeteria trays just yet. A Capitol Police spokeswoman didn’t respond to my request for comment, and a spokesman for Norton says they haven’t received a response yet from the agency.
Update, 7:30 p.m.: Put away the sleds. Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, writes in an email that the agency will continue enforcing the rules about winter sledding restrictions.
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