When it snows enough on Spruce Street in Hollidaysburg, part of the road is closed allowing kids and adults to sled down the steep road, but neighborhood development over the years has prompted changes to the popular sledding spot.
"It used to go down to Jones Street," said former Hollidaysburg Public Works Director Dave Zeek.
As new homes spring up around the neighborhood closer to the sledding area, the Double Dips has been shortened to allow for traffic flow to the new homes and driveways.
The borough snow-plows have also plowed snow into a pile/barricade at the end of the Double Dips to prevent sled-riders from sliding onto the pavement, and possibly into traffic.
Some neighbors in the area aren't thrilled with the changes.
"It was one of the reasons I wanted to own this house," said Carin Sloan, who lives nearby. "I knew it would be fun in the winter."
Sloan says she wants to try and prevent future changes that might erode the tradition of Double Dips sledding.
While the origins of the Double Dips tradition isn't known, it's been used by sled-riders for decades.
"I can go back to when I was growing up and I'm 62 years old," said Zeek, former Hollidaysburg Public Works Director. "This was a sled-riding area back in the 1950s."
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