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  • Sledding at Schlanger hill a family tradition

  • Tammy Crowell somehow fit herself and her two nieces, Grace (9 years old) and Sarah (7) Best, onto a small sled at the top of the hill in Schlanger Park, racing like a boxcar to the bottom of the hill.



    Grace and Sarah are the latest — and they won’t be the last — of children, parents and others to turn Schlanger Park into the place to be on snow days.

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  • Tammy Crowell somehow fit herself and her two nieces, Grace (9 years old) and Sarah (7) Best, onto a small sled at the top of the hill in Schlanger Park, racing like a boxcar to the bottom of the hill.
    Grace and Sarah are the latest — and they won’t be the last — of children, parents and others to turn Schlanger Park into the place to be on snow days.
    “It’s a tradition, Schlanger Park Hill,” Crowell said. “We did this when I was their age. I wasn’t as excited to do it now, but I did it.”
    Jerry Orand, Girard, also brought his two children, Karsyn, 4, and Quinn, 9, to sled.
    “In college, we came here once in a while,” Orand said. “That’s why we came. That, and it’s the only hill around.”
    Orand said that most of the time, his children go “sledding” while being pulled behind a four-wheeler. They’re not the only ones.
    Shandi Scales, Pittsburg, often does the same for her son, Wyatt, 7. But she said he prefers sledding on the hill.
    “My husband sledded on this hill. I brought my kids here forever. They love it. This is where they want to come,” Scales said.
    Beyond the tradition, there are other reasons for bring the kids to Schlanger Park. For one, it’s a way to get out of the house and away from electronics.
    “This is just great fun. We didn’t have iPads and computers when I was a kid, so we did these things,” Crowell said. “They were playing on their iPads on the way, so i wanted to get them out and do something outdoors. This is great exercise. They need some good interaction. Normally, playing video games, you’re not interacting with others. This is good interaction, and everyone’s having a good time.”
    There are a few changes at Schlanger Park. When Crowell used to sled here, the kids would occasionally slide all the way to the fence that once housed the engine and tender box. Those items are gone, and on Friday, one sled made it all the way past the track and even with a shelter house.
    Scales said that in the years she’s brought her children, she’s seen a lot at the Schlanger Park Hill. Once, she said, there were some college students that brought a rocking chair affixed to a set of skis who dared to take on the hill.
    But that’s what the hill’s about — making memories to tell the next generation.
    “As a parent, it’s just fun. It’s good, clean fun. The kids just like the hill. It’s something they can do to get outside, be active, and do kid stuff,” Scales said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 140.

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