Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center opened Friday at Riverbend Recreation Area and will be open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays while ground and weather conditions remain suitable.
The concession rents cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes. Rental fee is $7 per hour or $20 per day. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Arrangements for all-day rentals can be made at the Hancock Park District office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., during the week, or at the concession at Shelter 3 in the Big Oaks Area at Riverbend Recreation Area. The equipment may be taken to other park district properties.
Beginner cross-country ski workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in January and February, beginning today. Other dates include Jan. 11 and 18, and Feb. 1, 8 and 15.
A snowshoe workshop will be held at the same time Jan. 25. Workshops will be held with proper snow and weather conditions.
Workshop participants must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by a participating adult. Cost is $12 for cross-country and $10 for snowshoe workshops.
Workshop registration will be at the park district office, with fees paid by the Friday prior to the event.
A brochure and a discount coupon can be downloaded from the park district’s website.
To check current snow and trail conditions on weekends, call the center at 419-424-1555. During the week, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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