General Squire Park Gets Grant to Keep Sledding Hill Open


General Squire sledding fans relax while they wait for a turn to hit the slope.

Residents from the surrounding towns didn't like the idea of no access to the General Squire Park in Dryden, or its sledding hill this winter. Trustees at Four County Community Foundation voted to support the Lapeer County Parks grant request for the cost of snow plowing this winter to provide access to the sledding hill.

With so many hours spent in front of computers, video games and televisions it seemed wrong to close down this traditional winter pastime. Sledding is good exercise and free fun.

"It is a one-time grant; we generally don't fund this type of project. We are hoping that our park system will have the finances next year to maintain access to hill," said Janet Bauer, CEO/President of FCCF.

According to Ken Elwert, Lapeer County Parks Director, it is planned to keep the hill open (unstaffed) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It will not be open in the evenings as in the past. It will be inspected at least once a week to maintain safe conditions.

Happy sledding! Learn more about our latest grants at FCCF.

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