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St. Paul Park's sledding day a big draw

Owen Gonzalez, 10, of St. Paul Park, goes airborn on a jump during the city’s annual sledding day Sunday, Jan. 19. (Bulletin photos by Scott Wente)1 / 3
Steve Flasch and 4-year-old Agnes get a face full of snow at the end of their sledding run during St. Paul Park’s sledding day. (Bulletin photos by Scott Wente)2 / 3
Maddie Peterson, 9, hangs on tight as she and St. Paul Park City Council member Jennifer Cheesman pick up speed while sledding down the hill behind City Hall on Sunday. Maddie is the daughter of Denise Peterson, chair of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.3 / 3

It’s tough to beat a mild, sunny afternoon on the sledding hill.

Well over 100 people took to the hill  for St. Paul Park’s fifth-annual sledding day event on Sunday, Jan. 19. Kids and adults equipped with sleds, tubes and toboggans lined the hill along Seventh Avenue behind City Hall. Others made a snowman or tossed snowballs at one another.

“This is the most people we’ve ever had,” said Jennifer Cheesman, a St. Paul Park City Council member.

The mild weather drew so many people that organizers ran out of cookies and hot cocoa. Weather dictates turnout, Cheesman said. Far fewer people participated in past years when there was little snow and the temperature was really low.

The event is organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

-Scott Wente

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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