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Snow brings sledders to Thompson Park

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Snow brings sledders to Thompson Park
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The newly fallen snow over the last few days is bringing lots of people outside. Many in the North Country bundled up and dragged their sleds for a day of riding Saturday. YNN's Carmella Mataloni stopped by one of the sledding hot spots to talk with people who came out to enjoy the winter weather.

WATERTOWN, N.Y.-- It’s an activity that’s fun for all ages.

"I wanted to enjoy myself, have fun and spend time with my family," said Elijah Whitfield of Black River.

"It's my favorite sport of the year," said seven-year-old Aidhen Barker.

"It's a beautiful day. Snow coming down we didn't have much last year. I brought my son along so we can go sledding," said Josh Clemons of Watertown.

While Thompson Park is known for its many seasonal attractions, in the winter it's known for its sledding.

"When the big kids come down they will pack the snow and the little kids can go down sledding," said eight-year-old Airanna Barker.

"It's just fun coming and meeting your friends," said Noah Clemons of Watertown.

The Talbots say that sledding is a great pastime for them and since their move here. They wanted their children to experience the winter fun.

"We haven't seen the snow for four years so it was a good chance to get out and try it again," said Brent Talbot of Black River.

"It has a bunch of different hills, you know. Small ones for the little ones and kind of medium ones for the bigger kids, but it's fun to have a place to go," said Meg Talbot of Black River.

Signs that say "slide at your own risk" are posted all over the park. Since the park is free for use, there is not always adult supervision around.

Parents are happy to see that the haystacks are still at the bottom of the hill to stop those who may be going too fast or losing control from going out into the streets and they make sure their children know the rules to keep everyone safe while riding down the hill.

"They know how far they are allowed to go so they don't go too fast. We always have rules because if they don't have rules people will end up getting hurt," said Angie Evans of Watertown.

"We told them if they are going too fast to bail out and make sure they are nice and bundled up and warm," said Mr. Talbot.

People say it's nice to finally be able to ride and even better to have a safe place to do it.

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