The volunteers adjusted some of the events. The snow painting event went on but on large rolls of paper. More photos from the event can be found here.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Winter Carnival had a snow problem on Saturday.
The problem was there wasn't any.
But that didn't stop the Springside Conservancy from hosting a winter celebration to bring families out to the park.
A few dozen families found their way to Springside Park on Saturday afternoon for a series of games and competition.
"We started this because we wanted kids to come out with families in the park," President Lisa Tully said. "We weren't making money off of this. We just wanted people to come."
The lack of snow caused some alterations to the events. The highly demanded cardboard box sledding competition went on anyway but in the mud. The conservancy was even loaned a snow gun in hopes to make enough snow for a small sledding race.
But, the temperatures overnight were too warm. In the end, the hill had just some slush that quickly turned to slick mud.
"It was really kind of funny seeing the kids go down in the mud. And they didn't seem to mind it," Tully said. "I wish there was snow and it would have probably brought more people. They were probably thinking it wasn't going to happen because it didn't snow. But we made the best of a no snow situation."
The children seemed to enjoy it as they carried their decorated boxes in hopes to win the most creative sled to the top of the hill and cruised down, over and over again. The fastest and the most creative took home prizes.
The ice skating rink had to be scrapped, though. The Fire Department had been on board to create an ice skating rink there, as it had historically done at the First Street Common and Osceola Park. But temperatures held that back, too.
"I was out until 2 in the morning trying to get the ice rink going. The Fire Department was here a long time. They helped us with the snow gun last night," Tully said.
Snow painting was adjusted with large sheets of paper for the children to paint on instead. An array of children's games from golf to bowling went off without a hitch. An obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and dodgeball all went as planned. Berkshire Bike and Board had fat bike demonstrations.
While the weather didn't cooperate, those who did attend had smiles on their faces. And the hope is that maybe some of those families will think of the park on the days when there is snow and go sledding and spend time together at the park. It was the first Winter Carnival since the once-popular event ceased in 2011 after nearly 70 years.
The event was just one of four the conservancy hopes to roll out this year to draw attention to the park. Next up is a 5K running race and beer festival on July 28 sponsored by the Berkshire Running Center.
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Pittsfield City Council Talks Potholes, Street Repair Prioritization
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A discussion on sidewalk and street maintenance got heated at Tuesday's City Council meeting and ended with an unofficial agreement for more open communication between the Department of Public Utilities and ward councilors on pothole filling.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi, Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio aired their grievances on Pittsfield's "poor" sidewalk and road conditions to Commissioner of Public Works Ricardo Morales for nearly an hour before Councilor at Large Earl Persip III made a well-received suggestion that communication is boosted between the public utility department and councilors in the future.
"What I'm asking for is a deeper sense of communication than you would normally give, and I know that's hard with seven ward councilors, and then the four at-large councilors will also give you things but I think in the long run, that helps everybody, including giving the residents the information that they need. So that's just a suggestion, I think, the more information you give us, and a better understanding of we have of how the roads are being done and chosen each year. I think it's just a positive thing for everybody," Persip said to Morales.
"You've always been open about listening to us and trying new things, so I just appreciate that and I'm sure others will, too."
A discussion on sidewalk and street maintenance got heated at Tuesday's City Council meeting and ended with an unofficial agreement for more open communication between the Department of Public Utilities and ward councilors on pothole filling. click for more
Additionally, a pop-up clinic is scheduled for Thursday at the Christian Center in Pittsfield from 11 to 2 and the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative continues to seek out other locations that will hold pop-up clinics.
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The downtown branch will crank out juices and smoothies at 48 North St., the former Brooklyn's Best. It is a 650-square-foot space that owner Jonathan Vella said he has always loved because "it is that tiny perfect little hole in the wall."
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