Lots of dry, light snow, clear skies, sunshine and no school created ideal sledding conditions on the North Shore February 2. While digging out driveways and walkways was no easy task, that didn’t stop North Shore residents from taking advantage of a true snow day at the popular sledding hill in Evanston’s Lovelace Park.
Cars dodged one another in the crowded parking lot, while others chose to walk to the park in the deep snow, dragging their sleds behind them. Some drivers struggled to leave the parking lot, seeking assistance from others to push their cars, as the lot had not been plowed as of noon that day.
But nobody seemed put out by the parking lot’s poor conditions, as children cheerfully clambered across the snowy park to the sledding hill. Parents socialized at the top of the hill, while children dashed down on saucers, plastic sleds and even a few snowboards.
Michelle Epps, a resident of Wilmette, was enjoying the day off with her school-age children. “I have always loved this hill. One of the coolest things about Wilmette is to sled with your friends and neighbors. It is such a beautiful day for [sledding].”
Squeals of joy and children shouting “watch out” could be heard across the park, as exuberant children enjoyed a day off from school and tried to navigate around one another on the crowded slope.
“This is what a snow day should be,” said Wilmette resident Gina Rice. “It is way better than the 30 degree below day off.”
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