No school, no problem for Newton kids on Wednesday. A group of them gathered at Sunset Park for a fun-filled day of sledding and didn’t seem to mind the wind, snow or freezing temperatures.
One family that made it out there was the Wilson family of Newton.
“Pretty much for the fun,” said 6-year old Isaiah Wilson on why he came out sledding. “(My favorite part was) pretty much going off the ramps.”
Isaiah, his sister Anneliese, and their father Scott all seemed to be enjoying themselves at the park. But the little ones weren’t the only ones having fun. Earl Kimmel met up with a group of his friends, all of whom were teenagers, and they, too, were having a ball in the snow.
“Just having some fun with friends,” Kimmel said. “We got a little bump off the bottom of the hill that we like to ramp off of.”
The snow covered mini-slopes that made up the sledding grounds at Sunset Park were covered in foot prints and sled marks. The main sledding pathway featured a ramp that was guaranteed to send you flying and left more than a few kids walking away in a sort of joyful pain. There was also a smaller ramp which gave the kids some lift, but wasn’t as extreme.
While the kids seemed to be enjoying the school cancellations, parents seemed to also be turning the porous weather into a positive by spending time with their kids at the park. Jaime Weter brought her 6-year-old daughter Mackenzie out to the park to have fun. Judging from the smile, the tyke sporting the Dora the Explorer winter gear seemed to think it was a good idea.
“Just actually the first decent day we have had to go sledding, so we decided to come out,” said Jaime. “I didn’t have to work; she didn’t have to go to school, so here we are. This is the first time we’ve been this year.”
Mackenzie then chimed in.
“Mom, did you see far I went?” Mackenzie asked after climbing back up the hill with her sled. She also said what her favorite part of the day was, “When I went really fast!”
Scott Wilson summed up what seemed to be the perfect snow day for both parents and kids of all ages at Sunset Park.
“They enjoy coming out here. Sunset Park is our favorite place to come for sledding,” Scott said. “Just to hang out with the kids and be here in case any of them met injury or something like that. But mostly just to have fun. They’re going to be grown and gone one of these days, so we need to make as many of these memories as we can.”