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Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:39 pm
by kjb1480
Is there any place in Tomahawk to go sledding?

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:09 pm
by Brian
You betcha! Frenchtown Park is great for tubing and sledding (or will be if we get some snow) and it's free. If you know your way around town - go one block south past Charlie's Self Serve on HWY 86, turn right just after the tracks, then go one block west and make a left turn. Continue to the top of the hill. Frenchtown Park is on your right.

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:16 am
by Old Scout
The area of Bradley park by Mirror lake has some great hills. That's where we always went we I was a kid.

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:46 am
by Deb Richardson
I know just where you mean Old Scout, have you hiked back in there in recent years. It is really grown up! Lots of big mature trees. I'm not sure how safe the tubing or sledding would be. My kids called that area of Bradley Park the Army/Navy hill. Can anyone shed a light on how that name came about? I know they didn't make it up.

Brian, thanks for the memories, when we first moved to Tomahawk our boys spend hours tubing at Frenchtown park. Ohhh, how I miss Tomahawk and Bradley Park!! Especially more so when I've been out shopping in Eau Claire this past week and cross paths with Tomahawk kids attending school at UW-EC. Merry Christmas to all.

<small>[ December 16, 2006, 07:50 AM: Message edited by: Deb Richardson ]</small>

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 12:53 am
by Catfish
Merrill has a nice long and fast sledding hill at Lion's Park. Lit up at night.

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:20 am
by Old Scout
Hi Deb,

There were a lot of big mature trees then too. I remember a couple of times when I missed the turn at the bottom of the hill and left a face print on the bark of one of the trees. But is was fun and we always went back for another trip. :D

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:27 pm
by Deb Richardson
Oh my gosh Scout, that's your face print now at eye level?!?!? I know my kids biked down those hills, this I've learned only in recent years. Had I known then they would not have seen the light of day for weeks. Bradley Park has provided many hours of adventure for the kids of Tomahawk. I hope that someday I'm able to take our grandson there to explore!

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:56 pm
by Jeff Boettcher
Catfish,
If Lions park is the one with the rope tow back up the hill, I spent many great weekends there with my cousins who lived in Merrill.

A fine sledding hill indeed!!!! I left no face prints, but took away MANY bruises from the jumps we made on the hill.

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:11 am
by Old Scout
Just a shame the old toboggan slide had to be torn down. It was quite high and went from the top of the hill to Mirror lake so you had enough speed to make it almost across the lake. As I recall there were four hills we used. The one where the road comes in from French town, the one to the east of the lake and both sides of the one where the road goes out to the north gate. It got really wild when kids were coming down from three directions at once ! ! :D

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 7:06 pm
by kmartell
I remember the toboggan slide at Mirror Lake. It was in bad shape when I used it a few times as a kid about 7 years old. You could get some good speed going down the slide and make some good distance if a path was made on the lake. Bradley Park also had some other good 'runs' between the trees near the lake. You just had to watch out for the pines at the bottom of the run.

There was also the log cabin near the slide. I think it burnt down a couple years after the slide was torn down.

I missed the heydays of the toboggan slide and the cabin and that whole social scene but still had a great time in Bradley Park all the same. It was a paradise for a young kid. This was in the mid 50s.

Re: Sledding in Tomahawk

Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:11 pm
by Catfish
Jeff, the tow rope is no longer there. However that is a very nice sledding hill. It is fast and there aren't any dangers of trees to run into on the bottom, so is safe for young ones as well. The kids still make a few cool jumps on it each year. There is also a skating rink there with a nice warm changing shack. It is even fun to go and watch the acrobatic types doing their flips over those jumps with their sno-boards. You can sit in your car and see the whole hill to watch your kids.