[Shaw Media file photo]
[Danny Truckenbrod, then 12, flies off a ramp he and his friends built while sledding in 2016 at Veteran Acres Park.]
2.) Sled hills
Along with the steep 40-yard sledding hill at Deicke Park, Huntley offers a new hill this winter at Betsey Warrington Park, 12219 Lois Lane, south of the Stingray Bay Family Aquatic Center.
Sledders are invited to check out the hill after taking part in the 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 Snowflake Fest at the Huntley Rec Center. Information: www.huntleyparks.org or 847-669-3180.
Following are more area hills:
• Spella Park, 2610 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, offers a massive hill. The hill has a push-button light that illuminates for 45-minute time periods, shutting down for the night at 11 p.m. Information: www.algonquin.org or 847-658-2700.
Bonus hills in Algonquin: A medium-size hill at High Hill Park, 501 Kirkland Drive, and a larger option, the village’s original sledding hill at Braewood Park, 1001 Gaslight Drive.
• Veteran Acres Park, 399 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake. A favorite of longtime residents with two sled hills – one off of Walkup Road near the baseball fields and another smaller one near the Nature Center. Information: www.crystallakeparks.org or 815-459-0690.
Bonus hill in Crystal Lake: A slope behind Indian Prairie School, 651 Village Road, isn’t lighted, but regularly draws sledders.
• Emricson Park, 900 W. South St., Woodstock. A popular spot, Emricson Park often draws crowds to its wide sledding slopes of about 25 degrees. With the park open until 11 p.m., the sled hill is not lighted. Information: www.woodstockil.gov or 815-338-4300.
• McHenry Township sled hill, behind the McHenry Township Center at 3703 N. Richmond Road (at the corner of Johsburg Road and Route 31), Johnsburg. A hill of about 300 feet, this is one for both adults and children, extending out past the soccer fields. Built by the township from nearby dirt, the hills are lighted until 10 p.m. The area include an eclipsed winter shelter with a fireplace, picnic tables and bathrooms. Information: www.mchenrytownship.com or 815-385-5605.
• Glacial Park, 6313 Harts Road, Ringwood (by the Wiedrich Barn amphitheater). At least 4 inches of snow, and this sled is open with the McHenry County Conservation District’s Lost Valley Visitor Center nearby to offer a spot to warm up. Information: www.mccdistrict.org or 815-338-6223.
• Lions Park on Silver Lake Road, north of Three Oaks Road in Cary. Information: www.carypark.com or 847-639-6100.
• Lions Park, Harvard Hills Road and Route 173, Harvard. Information: www.cityofharvard.org or 815-943-6468.
• Picnic Grove Park, 598 Birch Lane, and Old Hunt Hark, Old Hunt Road in the Foxmoor subdivision, Fox River Grove. Information: www.foxrivergrove.org or 847-639-3170.