Sled the slopes

Sled the slopes

It’s the trip many look forward to all year, and it doesn’t involve a plane, train or car. At the first sign of snowfall, sledding fans of all ages look to head for the hills.

Fortunately for Flint and Genesee County residents, there are many sledding areas that offer everyone the opportunity to experience the ride of the season. Fast, fun and affordable, here’s a list of sledding sites and outlets that welcome passengers of all skill levels to enjoy the wintery outdoors.

Not all sledding hills are professionally staffed or monitored, so it’s important you prepare properly. We’ve noted those hills that provide services and listed contact information for those requiring additional information.

OPEN DAILY: 8 a.m. – Dusk
CREASEY BICENTENNIAL PARK
1505 E. Grand Blanc Rd.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
810-694-0101
Located a short distance from the US-23 overpass, Creasy Bicentennial Park is a popular sledding destination. The park normally has an attendant monitoring its sledding hills on the weekends. Warming huts are available when an attendant is present and the park has porta-potties near the sledding area.
Entry Fee: FREE entry Monday thru Thursday; $2 entry on staffed holidays and weekends.
Learn more: gbparks.com
 
 
OPEN DAILY; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
GENERAL SQUIRE MEMORIAL PARK
4725 S. Mill Rd., Dryden, MI 48428
810-245-4794
Pack your sleds in the car and take a short ride to Squire’s Park, which offers a gentle sloping sledding hill that is great for younger kids.
Learn more: lapeercountyparks.net
 
 
OPEN DAILY; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
MEMORIAL PARK
688-898 E. Tuscola St., Frankenmuth MI 48734
989-652-3440
Memorial Park’s natural hills are a popular place for sledding. There are multiple sledding hills of various sizes with enough variety to provide hours of family fun. This 40-acre park lies between Tuscola and Genesee Streets, on the northeast side of town, behind the Frankenmuth High School.  Public restrooms are available in the park, which also has several paved parking areas.
Learn more: http://www.frankenmuthcity.com/departments/parks_and_recreation/memorial_park.php
 
 
OPEN DAILY: Call for hours
MOUNT MCCURDY
402 N. Shiawassee St., Corunna MI 48817
989-743-3650
Corunna’s Mount McCurdy sledding hill is family-friendly. Parking is available in various locations around the hill. A heated restroom is also available.
Learn more: http://www.corm.us
 
 
OPEN DAILY; Dawn to Dusk
ROWDEN PARK
1552 N. Main St., Lapeer, MI 48446
810-664-4296
Located off North Lapeer Road (M-24) across from McLaren Hospital, this 65-acre park (also known as “Water Tower Park”) is a favorite of local residents who love the sledding hill. There’s plenty of parking available in two paved lots and the park’s bathrooms are open year around.
Learn moreci.lapeer.mi.us/parks_and_recreation/parks
 
 
NO POSTED HOURS
SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY
1420 W. 12th St., Flint, MI 48507
810-760-1400
Located off I-69, the Academy’s sledding hill is a family favorite. If there’s snow on the ground, you’ll always find someone sledding here. Visitors can walk up the stairs along the hill or use a tire-lined walking path up. The tires are not placed every year, but are a welcome addition when they are present.
Learn more: swa.flintschools.org
 
 
This article was written for the online newsletter 810 KIDS! To subscribe, click here. Copyright 2019 Michigan Fitness Foundation. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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