The snow is melting with the January thaw, but Metroparks is hoping for wintry conditions to return in time for S’mores and More, a winter celebration, Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee.
The Wagener Sledding Hill at the Silver Lake Area of the park will be the backdrop for the free family event featuring ice carving demonstrations, snowman building, music, sledding and ice skating. S’mores and hot chocolate will be served.
The second annual event is sponsored by The Andersons, Inc.
Last year’s event coincided with the best snowfall of the year for sledding, luring hundreds to the sledding hill. However a new ice skating rink next to the sledding hill, which was supposed to open on that day, never froze during the warmer-than-normal winter. The ice rink has not yet frozen this winter, either.
Winter Recreation in the Metroparks
Metroparks offers manmade sledding hills with lights for after-hours use at Side Cut and Pearson in Oregon.
Ice skating is permitted at Side Cut, Pearson and Oak Openings Preserve in Swanton, but so far there has been no safe ice in the 2012-2013 winter.
Cross-country skiing is permitted on all Metroparks trails and in open areas. Paved trails and walks are cleared of snow for walkers.
Updates on winter weather recreation conditions are posted at MetroparksToledo.com.
The lack of snow the past two winters has created a heavy demand for sledding when the snow does fly. Sledding hills at Pearson and Side Cut can be crowded at times. Metroparks Rangers offer the following tips for safe sledding:
· Check the lane for clearance before sledding
· Climb the sledding hills on the side ramps only
· Immediately clear the landing area after a sled ride
· Watch and avoid other sleds approaching
· Never sled on the sides of the hills or ramps
For information about Metroparks programs, call 419-407-9701.
- Metroparks of Greater Toledo | Toledo, OH