By Mary O’KEEFE
Who says it doesn’t snow enough to go sledding in La Crescenta? It may not last long before it melts and it may have to actually be trucked in, but it will arrive.
On Dec. 29 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will present Winter Wonderland at Two Strike Park from noon to 4 p.m. L.A. County Parks and Recreation will host the event.
This is the second year for the event, which was very successful last year. It was originally an idea from then-Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
“Last year I was hoping to get about 100 to 150 people,” said Abel Garnica, recreation service supervisor for L.A. County Parks and Recreation.
The event far surpassed Garnica’s goal with about 500 people in attendance. This year, like last year, there will be a hill full of snow and sleds. Kids did not seem to mind standing in line as they prepared for sledding down the hill and stopping just short of the barricades made of bales of hay.
In another part of the park there will be jump houses, games and booths for vendors and crafts.
“We will have pastries and hot chocolate,” Garnica said.
There will also be a stage where kids from the Parks and Recreation program will perform.
“And we will have free gifts for kids under 12,” he added.
The gifts are first come, first served and a new addition to the event.
Garnica said this is another way the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Dept. reaches out to the community. He was glad that newly elected Supervisor Barger decided to keep the event.
“[The feedback] from last year was all positive. Everyone was happy,” he said. “The whole day all you saw were smiles.”
The event is open to all ages. Prom Plus Club kids will volunteer as they did last year to help with the line of those who want to go sledding as well as with the various booths and bounce houses on-site.
Last year the temperature was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit but the snow is still cold and wet so it is advised that anyone who would like to go sledding to dress appropriately.
The event is free and all are invited.