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Enjoy the Joys of Winter at The GN Park District

Sledding is fun on Sled Hill and cross-country skiing is available too

There is still plenty of winter left for this season. And, who knows, maybe there will be some “real” snow and the opportunities for winter sports activities. Thanks to the Great Neck Park District, there are lots of places to enjoy a snowy day right in your own backyard.

When the weather gets cold enough for snow this winter, put on your boots, grab your sled and head over to the corner of Red Brook and Kings Point Roads where you will find Sled Hill in Kings Point Park. After a snowfall, this is the place to see and be seen. This has always been a family favorite for those Park District residents who grew up in Great Neck. Even if there is just a few inches on the ground, children and their parents will drive to this hill and spend the afternoon whooshing down. Sledding enthusiasts arrive here early for a spot on days when the snow is packed and perfect for the occasion.

Sled Hill does not operate until after a snowfall has ended, for safety reasons. It is open from first to last snowfall during the winter season from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on holidays, weekends and snow-related school closings; 3 to 5 p.m. on school days. One sled goes down at a time and walking back up the steps on the right to slide down again is a rule that must be followed. There is always Park District staff on hand, overseeing the activities, to ensure that no one gets injured.

If you prefer skiing, then an afternoon of cross-country skiing might just be your ideal and it’s readily available right in Great Neck. In Kings Point Park, there are more than five acres of the 175-acre preserve, which are trails for hiking and cross-country skiing. Then, after an invigorating round of sledding, cross-country skiing or hiking, head over to the Parkwood Sports Complex’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink lounge and sip a hot chocolate by the warm, blazing fire in the fireplace before heading home.

Only Park District residents with a valid park card will be admitted to all parks and facilities in the Park District. For more information call 482-0355 or visit www.greatneckparks.org.