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Winter adventurers enjoy city’s first groomed trail at Thompson Park Golf Course

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Last weekend was the city’s first time grooming a trail for winter adventurers at the Thompson Park Golf Course.

The city purchased the property from Watertown Golf Club Inc. in January 2023.

Winter adventurers were snowshoeing and cross-country skiing around the 64-acre property on Wednesday morning, when a covering of snow, combined with sunshine and pleasant temperatures, made for ideal conditions.

The city budgeted $50,000 this year for the grooming equipment, which consists of a Kubota utility vehicle, a pair of tracks for that vehicle and a groomer attachment.

After waiting for parts that were on back-order, the city was finally able to put the groomer to use after the most recent snowfall. The trail wraps around the perimeter of the golf course and is roughly a 2-mile lap.

“This is something that we’ve been wanting to do for a while,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Scott M. Weller. “Having outdoor activities just provides more recreational opportunities throughout the year.”

“Winters can be long here, so it’s something else that we can offer to the community,” Weller added. “And having the golf course, it just provides that much more open space to be able to get out and groom these trails, and we are excited to have a full season for it next year.”

Not only will the course have a longer season to look forward to, but next year Weller said that the city will roll out a rental program.

Boots, skis and ski poles and snowshoes will be available in kid and adult sizes. They will have 10 pairs of snowshoes and 40 pairs of skis.

With this season nearing its end, four retired teachers who gathered together at the park Wednesday morning said they were happy to have been able to get out at all.

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Winter fun weekends slated for February

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Winter events are returning to the area this month with the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce Winterfest on Saturday; Brantingham Winterfest on Feb. 19 and 20; and Fast & Flurryous in Lyons Falls on Feb. 26.


It’s time to construct a racing cardboard sled and for women to warm up their throwing arms — it’s Winterfest time.

The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Winterfest from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carthage Park, 1 Park Drive.

This year will bring back Winterfest favorites — the cardboard sled race and women’s fry pan toss.

“This is a great event that offers the members of the community an opportunity to get out there and enjoy all of the fun activities winter has to offer,” said chamber Executive Director Rebecca Wallen. “Sure some of us are tired of the cold and the snow, but the snow can be fun.”

“The cardboard sled race encourages kids and adults to get creative and create fun, crazy sleds from just cardboard and tape,” she added. “Then we have the women’s fry pan toss, where ladies can show off their strength and skill. We will also have a magic show, raffles, snow sculpture, bingo games, crafts, plus City Dawgz of NNY will be there with delicious food and hot chocolate for sale. Masks will be required to participate in our indoor events.”

Throughout the day there will be raffle drawings with tickets available at the event for $1 each. Children will have the opportunity to build snow sculptures and make crafts.

For complete rules and registration forms, visit the event website at www.carthageny.info/events/winterfest.

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