A mother was outraged after kids are banned from rolling down the hill at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens.
Cathie Morris took to Facebook to express her fury and posted a picture of the sign at the gardens in the Adelaide Hills which reads, “Please do not engage in sliding or rolling downhill”.
“The ‘Fun Police’ are at it again,” she wrote.
“Kids have loved sliding down this grassy hill at Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens for years.
“So sick of all the litigious, risk averse, politically correct madness!!! Rant over.”
Ms Morris told Today Tonight that children are forced to stop doing what they love. “I just feel it’s a bit sad that one of the simple pleasures in life is now considered too dangerous,” she added. “It’s a right of passage. Kids should just be allowed to roll down hills.”
Her post has received support from other parents and now she wants the signs removed.
The Botanic Gardens explained that the signs discouraging people from rolling down hill were put up after someone suffered a broken bone around eight years ago.
“A person crashed into another visitor, who suffered a broken limb,” the statement said. It added that visitor’s safety must be a priority. “The safety of visitors is paramount,” the statement said.
Ms Morris said that it’s just disheartening that one incident “spoils it for everybody”. She also questioned the consequences if children aren’t allowed to take risks. “Otherwise how do they build up resilience and how do they learn where to draw the line?” she said.