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Head out to Five Rivers MetroParks for some winter fun

By Valerie Beerbower

GET OUT IN THE SNOW!

When the world is blanketed in snow, it’s easy to forget your MetroParks are still open. In addition to paved bikeways and indoor facilities such as the PNC 2nd Street Market, there are plenty of opportunities to explore your Five Rivers MetroParks and experience all the winter outdoor fun with your family.

SLEDDING

What better way to spend a crisp winter day than zooming down a slope on a saucer or huddled on a sled with a loved one? Please be cautious and look out for other park visitors before you coast downhill, and once you’re at the bottom, know that other sledders are on their way down, and try to get to either side quickly. If everyone is vigilant and sleds carefully, everyone will have an enjoyable time on the hills! Grab your hats, mittens and Rosebuds and head out to one of these MetroParks that features great sledding hills:

Carriage Hill MetroPark: Sledding hill is located in the pasture next to the visitor center at East Shull Road near State Route 201 in Huber Heights.

Englewood MetroPark: Sledding hill is in the west park. Use the 100 E. National Road entrance (U.S. Route 40 at State Route 48) and follow the park road to the right for parking.

Germantown MetroPark: Sledding hill is located at 6206 Boomershine Road, just north of Manning Road.

Taylorsville MetroPark: Sledding hill’s entrance is on the east side of Brown School Road, south of U.S. Route 40.

ICE FISHING

Anglers don’t have to pack away their hooks and lures when it gets nippy outside. A few MetroParks offer opportunities for ice fishing on ponds and lakes. In addition, fishing can also be good in deeper sections of our local rivers and near warm water discharges. A note to anglers: Before you shimmy onto frozen lakes and ponds, be aware that ice conditions are NOT monitored by staff; please use safety precautions when heading out on the ice.

Carriage Hill MetroPark: Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored. Fish without a license and free-of-charge from the banks of both Cedar Lake and North Woods Pond.

Englewood MetroPark: Ice fishing is permitted off Old Springfield Road, but ice conditions are not monitored. An Ohio fishing license is required.

Possum Creek MetroPark: Ice fishing is permitted, but ice conditions are not monitored. Fish free-of-charge and without a license in ponds and Argonne Lake. There is a 10-inch minimum size on bass and a six-fish limit per day. Trout is introduced to the ponds during cold months (typically December through February or March).

ICE SKATING

Repair those broken laces and sharpen your blades — with the completion of RiverScape Phase III, ice skating has returned to RiverScape MetroPark! Sheltered under the covered pavilion, the new rink is nearly 50 percent larger than its predecessor and offers more skate rentals with an extended skating season. Grab your mittens and the kids, your sweetheart, your coworkers and your friends and hit the ice. Visit www.metroparks.org/IceRink for the complete schedule and list of activities.

The ice rink will host outdoor skating through March 13, 2011. Patrons may skate daily. Monday through Thursdays, there is no admission charge, so if you have your own skates, you can practice your figure-eights for free. Don’t have a pair? No problem; skate rentals are just $3 on weekdays. Everyone gets into the rink for $5 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and this cost includes rentals if you need them.
Skate rental sizes range from preschool size 8 through women’s size 11 and men’s size 15 in whole sizes. While the rink is open, you can also take advantage of delicious treats from Skyline at the Hub, including a cozy cup of hot chocolate.

Lessons are also available, whether you’re just learning to skate or you’re interested in discovering ice dance. Adults’ and children’s lessons take place throughout the season. Check www.metroparks.org/skating to get the full list of offerings.

Holidays are also a hit at the rink. The rink will be open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Admission on these special days is $5 and includes rentals.

Reach DCP freelance writer Valerie Beerbower at  HYPERLINK “mailto:contactus@daytoncitypaper.com” contactus@daytoncitypaper.com.

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