The last few weeks have been full of inside-out pajamas, spoons under the pillows and ice cubes in the toilet. All these superstitions are supposed to bring feet of snow and no school until spring. Of course, if you don’t have elementary school aged children, you might be dreaming of a tropical winter getaway or worrying if you remembered to buy rock salt to put on the sidewalk for yet another “wintry mess” as meteorologists like to call it.
At my house, we are knee- deep in snow-crazed children, so these two most recent snow events have come not with cups of cocoa and long sessions of reading by a fire. Instead the snowstorms have forced me out of my warm home to accompany my kids as they face the Rupert Elementary Hill. It’s a good place to sled and most of the East End of town shows up there at one time or another when there’s fresh snow (and old snow, truth be told).
What you might not know, however, is that there are places in Pottstown that are specifically designated for sledding. The Parks and Rec department of Pottstown Borough lists the following streets::
#1: South Price Street (Between South Street and Center Avenue)
#2: Rosemont Alley
#3: Loop Drive (Between Burden Drive and Winding Road)
#4: Hawthorne Avenue (Between N. Hills Blvd and S. Hills Blvd)
#5: South Evans (Between Cherry Street and Laurel Street)
And, here are the details about sledding in these spots:
- Rules: Barricades should be placed in proper position by first sledder to arrive at area, and removed by last person(s) using the hill. (Put it back to curb)
- Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (School Days) 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Weekends/Non-school days)
After a nice conversation with the Parks and Recreation Department, I also learned that there are great sledding hills at Brookside Country Club and Lincoln Elementary, just in case the snow has already melted on the street sledding areas. I was really surprised to hear that at one point in Pottstown’s history you could sled all the way down Mervine Street, which would be closed off for just this purpose.
That sounded like fun, even to me and I am not a big fan of winter or snow or even being cold.
Back at Rupert, the wind was blowing, but that didn’t stop kid after kid from showing up at the hill, some with air filled and gravity defying tubes, others with saucers, still others with the newest thing in sleds that are just a little slip of plastic and require the rider to throw themselves down the hill headfirst and reward them with a super fast ride. My own kids have a mixture of sleds: a saucer, an old-fashioned two-person model and the newest addition, a snowboard.
We stuck it out for an hour and a half, down the hill and back up, braving the frigid wind. The kids raced each other and I spent a lot of time yelling for them to bail out of the sleds before they hit the street. Finally, we all walked back home. More accurately, I dragged two of my kids home in a sled, listening to them plotting the next snowstorm and reminding each other to turn their pajamas inside-out.
Got a favorite place to sled in Pottstown? How about a memory of winters past and your favorite sledding spots? We’d love to hear about it.