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Good news: Ohl says new sledding hill is ready to go

This news story was published on December 19, 2012.
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Ozzie Ohl points to the location where a new sledding hill has been built.

MASON CITY – Great news for those who enjoy snow and like to go sledding. With the recent snowstorm there is now enough snow on the Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill and the hill is now available for daytime sledding, project leader Ozzie Ohl said Wednesday night.

Plans are in the works for the sledding hill lights to be installed and be fully operational sometime in the near future.

The sledding hill is located in the south east corner of Georgia Hanford Park. The closest entrance to the hill itself is street parking to the west of the intersection of 22nd st SE and South Massachusetts. The top of the hill is approximately 1500 feet from this entrance to the park. Additional parking is located further to the west in the Georgia Hanford Park parking lot that is adjacent to the ball diamonds.

The sledding hill was created and excavated earlier this winter by McKiness Excavating. They did the entire sledding hill excavating project as a community donation from their company. Culver Hahn Electric provided wiring and electrical supplies and those were also a community donation. Jim Hunt Electric donated his services and set the pole. Mason City RentAll donated the use of a trenching machine for installing the electrical wiring. Scott Sweet from WHKS and WHKS designed the hill and donated their professional services.

The hill has been seeded down with wild flowers too. A variety of wildflower seeds were recently planted to create plant blooms in the spring, summer and fall season. Permanent memorial seating benches in honor of Al Zook and “Lefty” Lewis will be installed in the spring

Earlier fund raising efforts and monies raised from the Snow Wonder event wil help to cover quite a bit of the remaining expenses.

One last fund raiser is being held on Tuesday, January 15. From 4-6 pm Eleven Lounge and Chop will host “Cocktails for a Cause.”

The event is being hosted through the sponsorship of North Iowa Community Credit Union, Graham Tire, Community Motors and Larson Printing.

Tickets for “Cocktails for a Cause”can be purchased at Chop-Eleven, North Iowa Community Credit Union or from Ozzie Ohl. Tickets are twenty dollars. Ticket purchasers will receive two complimentary cocktails and free appetizers.

There will be a formal dedication for the sledding hill most likely in late January, Ohl said.

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5 Responses to Good news: Ohl says new sledding hill is ready to go

  1. Just My Opinion Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Thank you, Ozzie! My grandkids will love it!!

  2. Ben Swyter Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Way to go man ! Your hard work is appreciated !

  3. Hacker Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2012 at 7:14 am

    That sure got done in a hurry. Nice to see all those businesses donations too. The sled auction was fun. My those artist had some creativity. Saturday I’m taking the grandkids sledding and I will tell them all about how grandpa walked all the way out to Taylor hill to sled and walked home afterwords too when I was there age.

  4. anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I’m sure alot of kids will be out enjoying it today with school cancelled. Thank you for the members of the community that took their time and efforts for something for the kids, and the grown up kids too.

  5. blog Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Great job Ozzy in doing something for the community.