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Grassy slope suggestions for ice blocking in Canberra?

By jameswilson79 - 1 September 2011 17

I’d like to take some friends ice-blocking somewhere in Canberra.

I’m looking for a moderately steep, nice grassy hill.

The slopes on the corners of Parliament House would be ideal if they were a bit steeper… and not illegal.

Regatta Point has some potential, but unfortunately the footpath down the bottom makes it too risky.

Any ideas or suggested locations would be really appreciated!

What’s Your opinion?


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Grassy slope suggestions for ice blocking in Canberra?
Postalgeek 10:04 am 02 Sep 11

Just make sure you rotate spots and don’t f**k up the grass. Sure fire way to get your sport banned before it gets started.

jameswilson79 9:38 am 02 Sep 11

Thanks guys. It sounds as though Regatta Point is “The Spot”.

jameswilson79 9:36 am 02 Sep 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Looks like piles of fun.

How good does the grass need to be?

Weston Park maybe? Somewhere near Alexandrina Drive/Hopetoun Circuit? The nature reserve off Horse Park Drive?

I think it needs to be fairly smooth and well grassed. Great suggestions though!

Rusalka 2:43 pm 01 Sep 11

Another vote for Regatta Point. We used to ice block on it for years, and we only had one near miss with the lake.

frontrow 2:29 pm 01 Sep 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Looks like piles of fun.

I’m pretty sure that’s an old wives’ tale. Eat more all-bran if it’s a problem.

Gungahlin Al 1:24 pm 01 Sep 11

My kids have done Regatta with scouts. Just need parents along the path to stop any runaways.
And make your block big with rope well embedded, and have several dry towels to sit on.
Cardboard sheets would also be pretty good – what we used to use as kids. It used to be quite steep off the avenue near Rydges, but it seems the roads have changed since way back then.

smeeagain 12:44 pm 01 Sep 11

The scouts often use Regatta point. It flattens out sufficiently before the footpath that there was no danger of anyone going into the drink

Holden Caulfield 12:24 pm 01 Sep 11

Looks like piles of fun.

How good does the grass need to be?

Weston Park maybe? Somewhere near Alexandrina Drive/Hopetoun Circuit? The nature reserve off Horse Park Drive?

jameswilson79 12:04 pm 01 Sep 11

p1 said :

Parliament House used to be great for ice blocking, but after 11/09/2001 the security had their sense of humour surgically removed.

Thanks to the terrorists, Parliament House no longer allows Weapons of Mass Defrosting.

jameswilson79 11:55 am 01 Sep 11

p1 said :

Parliament House used to be great for ice blocking, but after 11/09/2001 the security had their sense of humour surgically removed.

Thanks to the terrorists, Parliament House no longer allows Weapons of Mass Defrosting.

Bosworth 11:51 am 01 Sep 11

regatta point is best

there are a variety of gradients.

jameswilson79 11:47 am 01 Sep 11

pink little birdie said :

most people I know who ice block use Regatta point. People are usually smart enough to stop before the footpath.

Good point. and we could make sure someone was down the bottom to catch any runaway ice blocks.

p1 11:42 am 01 Sep 11

Parliament House used to be great for ice blocking, but after 11/09/2001 the security had their sense of humour surgically removed.

johnboy said :

But possibly a sliding lawn would be a great addition to Stromlo?

That, Sir, is an awesome idea!

johnboy 10:28 am 01 Sep 11

Agree with Regatta Point.

But possibly a sliding lawn would be a great addition to Stromlo?

pink little birdie 10:26 am 01 Sep 11

most people I know who ice block use Regatta point. People are usually smart enough to stop before the footpath.

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