Ski Astoria? Slope could be coming to park
by Kathleen Lees
Oct 24, 2012 | 644 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Snow during the winter is usually an added annoyance, especially for New Yorkers. However, the addition of a ski slope in Astoria could change all that.

Community Board 1 approved a program last week to build a ski slope in Astoria Park that would operate between Jan. 26 and March 3, including a two-week snowmaking set-up. According to board representatives, Sugarbush, a Vermont-based ski group, would build the slope covered with artificial snow.

Martha Lopez Gilpin, co-chair of the Astoria Park Alliance, said the organization would also be donating equipment for children to use. “We're hoping that this reaches the broadest spectrum of people,” Gilpin said, who stressed that the goal was to offer these opportunities to those who might not have them.

Classes for children between the ages of 8 and 10 would be offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings according to CB1 District Manager Lucille Hartman, with public availability during the weekdays.

However, Nora Lanning, director of Marketing and Communications at the City Parks Foundation, said the program has not yet been confirmed, adding that there was also no specific timeline to get it off the ground.
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