September 21, 2019

Rose City Park to host nighttime sledding


ROSE CITY — Early darkness won’t stop residents from having fun at Rose City Park this winter, as the city will be lighting up the sledding hill on Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m.

Rose City/Lupton Festival and Events Committee member Mitch Partello said park hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and people can sled anytime in the daytime, but so far they have been prevented from doing so at night.

“Any time I go through town I peek in (the park),” he said. “I’ve seen some kids out there during the day. It’s hard for parents to bring kids out there. Right after dinner (Saturday) they can come out, it will be lit up. We like to see families together, having a good time.”

The idea was presented to the Rose City Council, which worked out the details at its Jan. 8 meeting. Partello said it was an easy thing to set up, as the pavilion already has side panels and outdoor propane heaters for people to warm up with and the lights are already in place; all that is needed is someone with a key to turn the lights on and off.

“We wanted something to do, so this is a great little easy project,” he said. “If it goes, who knows, it may go to more nights a week.”

He said the activity of sledding brings back memories of things he used to do as a kid. He said he and his wife are both excited about the idea, and he’s also been kicking around more ideas for events to organize. Previously Partello served on the parks and rec committee in Atlanta, Ga.

“I’ve only lived here since 2015 so I was looking for something to do in the community,” he said. “I’m a retired paramedic and firefighter from Atlanta.”

Saturday Nights Under the Lights will start Jan. 19 and will occur each Saturday from 6-9 p.m. as long as there is snow. Participants are asked to bring their own sleds. If anyone needs to use the facilities, a volunteer will let people in at city hall.


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