[1/8/22 David Kramer attempting the 30 foot slide at McQuaid. Photo: H. Park]
Today I discovered what might be the shortest but often used sledding slope in Brighton.
H. Park and A. Jain each have two children. At least once a week, they take the kids to the short slope adjacent to the McQuaid Jesuit High School’s lacrosse practice field off Lac De Ville Boulevard. Park estimates the incline is 30 feet, but on a good slide, the kids can travel 60 – 80 feet.
Park introduced his children to sledding at age two. His eldest is six with four years under her belt. His son is two, so this is his first full sledding season. Park also takes them to the slopes next to the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park, a descent that makes the McQuaid slope feel tame.Park says drivers and passengers in passing cars often honk and wave, admiring how the sledders find joy in the Rochester winter.
From there, I trekked to the longest sledding venue in Rochester: Cobb’s Hill. To my surprise, while McQuaid had four sledders, the Hill only had two. Normally, Cobb’s Hill is packed, as it has been for generations.Today, Ross Clary accompanied his son Liam and Matthew Barrola for an afternoon of sledding where the boys had the Hill to themselves. Ross, who often takes the boys to Cobb’s as well as other sledding sites around Monroe County, couldn’t explain the absence of the usual masses willing to risk life and limb, especially on this sparkling day. Neither could I.
I asked Ross and Matthew if they could sled all the way to Monroe Avenue. Ross says reaching Monroe is pretty easy on a tube. Making the Monroe on a snowboard takes a lot of skill. On a sled, getting as far as the Avenue takes luck.