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Watertown to offer cross-country skiing at Thompson Park

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For years, city officials have talked about making Thompson Park more of a place for outdoor activities all-year around.

And just as soon as the park has new fallen snow, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will be offering cross-country skis and snow-shoes for rent in the historic city park.

“I’m really excited that more people will be coming out for new activities during the winter,” Parks and Recreation Superintendent Scott M. Weller said.

His department purchased about 30 pairs of cross-country skis, boots, poles and snowshoes that will be rented out from the Thompson Park pool’s bathhouse. It also purchased a groomer to create trails, mostly within the Thompson Park Golf Course.

“We’ve got everything we need and are now waiting for snow,” he said.

The rentals will be offered from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., before it gets dark.

The rental fees are: $7 for city residents and $10 a day for non-city residents for cross-country skis and boots; and $5 a day for snowshoes for all residents. The City Council set the fees at Monday night’s meeting.

Brian Ashley, vice president of The Friends of Thompson Park, said the winter activities will encourage more people to go to the park.

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