There is not much to do in long winter in Kaliningrad, so kids along with parent enjoy sledding down the hills. However, Kaliningrad park administration decided to dump sand on a popular slope used by children and families for years. Reportedly, the reason behind it, was to increase the attendance on paid area for sledding.
They explained, that the hill used by kids does not meet the requirements of safety. Instead, kids can use paid sledding and tubing hill where a single ride costs 50 rubles ($0,6).
The city administration has invested about 2 million rubles into construction of the paid tubing hill and it still has not paid off.
Residents of the city say that they used to go sled on the hill for years. As the proof, some even found old, pre-World War II photographs of Koenigsberg residents using the hill for sledding.
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Others offered to blame Obama for this.
Update: Ella Kadochnikova, the park’s director, elaborated that sand was poured in front of trees on a stretch of snow no longer than 3 meters (10 feet). “We didn’t intend to deter kids from sledding. The sand is all over the hill only because children making their way to the top don’t go up the dedicated path, but walk directly up the slope, dragging the sand on their boots and sleds,” she said.