Perris residents: Put on your scarves, gloves, winter jackets and boots.
It’s time to chill out!
The Community’s annual Snow Day takes place Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foss Field Park, 138 North Perris Blvd., on the City Hall Campus.
And this year’s Snow Day promises to be bigger and better than ever. The City is trucking in 42 tons of ice—twice the usual amount—to Foss Park to make for a really big chill.
Snow Day, the first major community event of the year, allows Perris kids and their moms and dads the rare chance to toboggan down a slope, make snowmen and snow angles and toss around snowball—rare fun in a region where natural snowfall is a rarity. The event usually attracts upwards of 800 visitors and is free to the public.
“Snow Day is one of those great events that brings the whole community together where kids can play safely in the snow,” said Recreation Coordinator Sarina Gilmore. “It’s going to be awesome!”
Work to prepare the snow ground begins hours before the first revelers arrive, said Recreation Coordinator Josh Estrada. Huge blocks of ice are run through a shredding machine that reduces them to a fine powder, ideal for sledding, sliding, snow-balling and snow angels.
“If Perris kids can’t come to the snow, we’ll bring the snow to them,” he said.
Hot chocolate and other goodies will be available for purchase before and after the event to keep any chills away.