The lawn of the Capitol will be open for sledding this weekend, under a special waiver obtained by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., according to his wife, Jackie Clegg, who shared the news with many happy parents of young tobogganers on Friday.
According to Ms. Clegg, Dodd and his office dealt with the office of the Sergeant at Arms, and everything was approved as of Friday afternoon for sledding at this popular, but forbidden spot where many a Hill child takes a run or two before being asked to leave by security officials. Dodd moved on getting a special waiver after he himself was kicked out with the couple’s two daughters, ages 8 and 4, according to his wife.
“You may need to let officers know that it is allowed this weekend, but it beats a trek to NW. “Happy sledding,” Ms. Clegg wrote in an email to the Moms on the Hill listserv.
“My husband tested the sledding with the girls this afternoon and there was no trouble,” she said in an email to me after THIH queries.
She had posted a communication from a Dodd staffer noting that he had just spoken with the Sergeant at Arms and although the regulation hadn’t been officially changed yet, the S-at-A had talked with the Architect of the Capitol and had managed to get the sledding ban waived from Friday through Monday, Presidents Day for a “special sledding weekend.”
Sledding has been banned since security concerns after September 11th tightened all types of sport and access on the Capitol grounds, a stringency which many longtime Hill residents have not yet come to terms with, having used the lawn a their backyard for years.
Attempts to get responses form the S-at-A and the Architect of the Capitol were unsuccessful as of late Friday evening.