New and amended Iowa statutes went into effect on July 1, 2015. Included in that legislation is an amendment to Iowa Code section 670.4 that insulates municipalities from liability due to injuries from sledding accidents. Iowa Code section 670.4 previously protected municipalities from liability in claims related to skateboarding, in-line skating, bicycling, unicycling, scootering, river rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. However, sledding was not included in the list of activities. The new legislation substitutes “recreational activities” for the list of specific activities, which includes sledding, provided that any injuries or damages are the result of the normal and expected risks inherent in the recreational activity and the individual engaged in the recreational activity was voluntarily on public property when the injuries or damages occurred. With the passage of this law, municipalities may want to consult with their legal counsel to consider opening more or all of their city parks up for sledding this winter.
If you have questions about the new and amended statutes that took effect on July 1, 2015, please contact Holly A. Corkery at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-365-9101.