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The Cleveland Metroparks toboggan chutes adds a level of excitement with the addition of timed chutes that measure riders speeds!

February 9, 2015

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio –– The Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio’s oldest park district, recently hired SoundCom Systems to design and install a new, custom timing & speed system for the popular toboggan chutes at The Chalet in the Mill Stream Reservation. The toboggan chutes at The Chalet feature two 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes which operate with or without snow and are the tallest and fastest chutes in Ohio with rider speeds approaching 50 miles per hour!

Leveraging the same technology used to measure speed and time of skiers, SoundCom designed a self-timing solution which automatically captures each toboggan’s speed and time, displaying the results at the bottom of the chutes.

“As trendsetters in tobogganing, we wanted to modernize the experience.” says Anthony Joy, Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Metroparks, “Additionally, this system furthers our community mission of education by teaching about force, mass, and acceleration by showing how time and speed can be adjusted by riders, weight, etc…and it adds another element of excitement to the ride.”

The system utilizes photo-cells installed at various intervals along each chute which capture start and finish times while also calculating the top speed near the bottom of the chutes. These times and speeds provide toboggan riders with clear bragging rights at the end of each race and bring a new level of excitement to an already popular tradition.

“This was one of those fun projects that was a little outside of the box,” says Paul Mitnick, Senior Account Executive at SoundCom Systems, “we were thrilled to help a great client add value to their customers by taking a wonderful tradition and elevating it to the next level.”

The Chalet toboggan chutes operate Thursday through Sunday weekly from November through March annually (weather permitting).

As Ohio’s oldest park district, the Cleveland Metroparks mission is to conserve significant natural resources and enhance people's lives by providing safe, high-quality outdoor education and recreation opportunities. Recognized nationally as one of the top park systems in America, Cleveland Metroparks encompasses 18 reservations, 8 golf courses, 6 nature centers, and the world famous Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For more information, visit

For nearly 40 years, SoundCom Systems has been providing cutting-edge sound, video, and communications solutions for businesses and institutions of nearly every size. Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, SoundCom is ranked among the top 25 systems integration firms in the U.S. by Systems Contractor News, and has ranked among the top 50 since 2004. With offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati, SoundCom has the knowledge, experience, and scalability to meet virtually any project scope and deadline with an attention to detail and focus on quality that is unrivaled in the industry. From initial project conception through turn-key installation, SoundCom provides a comprehensive suite of services with on-going, post installation support and training helping our customers reach higher...everything else is just noise. For more information, visit

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