The Shoveling is Done, Time for Fun
The city offers great options for sledding and ice skating this winter season.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published Jan. 14, 2011, on Waukesha Patch.
You've shoveled and snow-blowed, salted and cleared the walkways. You've done enough of the work that comes with winter, now give yourself a break and enjoy some of the fun that comes with it.
Sledding and ice skating are two activities that are not only great fun, but also provide the exercise (but don't tell the kids that) most of us are lacking during these cold months.
And the City of Waukesha's Lowell Park, 2201 Michigan Ave., has some great options for both.
For starters, the park offers a great sledding hill, said Mona Bauer, the city's customer and administrative services manager.
"We also have a wonderful toboggan run (at Lowell Park)," she said.
The 350-foot toboggan run will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays while the winter weather lasts.
Cost for a daily toboggan chute pass is $8 per day for those with their own toboggan and $9 per hour for toboggan rental, which includes the chute pass.
If you're thinking about hitting the hill but are unsure about the weather, call 262-522-9356 to check on conditions, Bauer said.
They city also offers toboggan parties that include toboggan rental, hot chocolate and use of a warming shelter for groups of up to 40 or the two toboggan run option for larger groups. Party times are available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Call Stan Flak at 262-524-3737 at least five days in advance to make reservations.
General sledding is also available at the park at no cost, just bring your own sled, saucer or tube.
If you're craving a snack or some hot chocolate, limited concessions are available at the park while the toboggan run is in operation.
Ice skating is also an option at Lowell Park although skate rental is not an option, so be sure to bring your own skates, said Bauer, adding that the rink there is lighted.
Both rinks are free and unsupervised but "ice quality at both rinks is weather dependant," Bauer said.