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Sledding on Snow Days in Fort Lee

Growing up in Fort Lee, where did you and your friends use to take your Red Flexible Flyers?

Fort Lee is a town, unlike any other Bergen County town, bifurcated by a bridge. Not just any bridge--the George Washington Bridge. Growing up in Fort Lee, your geography was defined by whether you lived north of the bridge or south of the bridge. It also defined where you played, strayed and misbehaved.

For a small town, there were enclaves of even smaller communities--Coytesville, The Hollow, Lower Main Street...and many more. And each had their own place to go sledding.

Growing up in Coytesville, east of Lemoine, the place to sled was Interstate Park, behind Fort Lee High School, known by my generation as Sunny Park. Back then, (did I really just say back then?) Sunny Park had an ice skating rink that was guarded (trust me, guard is the appropriate word here) by an old German man named Fritz. Fritz also kept the fire we all used to gather around for warmth going. (Fritz spent summers lifeguarding the kiddie pool at Sixth Street Park.)

It is safe to say that Fritz performed his jobs well--sufficiently scaring gererations of kids into obedience and therapy.  

The best part about sledding the hills of Sunny Park was that the ride began once you reached the bottom of the hill and the blade of your sled hit the rink. That's when the marriage of steel and ice took you flying at warp speed across the rink causing skaters to panic and flee like the little screaming Cousin Its in Pac Man. The best were the kids with the flying saucers, or steel garbage can covers, who spun around the ice like a bunch of Battling Tops.

Where did you use to go sledding on snow days? Share your memories with us and let's take a trip back in time. If you have pictures post them here, or email to annpiccirillo@yahoo.com and I'll post them.

GlamourCoach DECOR February 09, 2013 at 02:12 AM
that's exactly where i'm heading tomorrow
Andrey Postoyanets February 09, 2013 at 03:11 AM
LOL! See you there! Our kids can't wait! The place will be so crowded, but sooooo fun :-)
Cathy Kellinger February 09, 2013 at 01:03 PM
The kids from lower Main Street always sledded down Old Palisade Road. As you neared the bottom of the hill you had to lean to the right and hit the snow bank. If you missed the snow bank you flew across River Road. I don't recall anyone getting hit by a car. Can you imagine now?
Ann Piccirillo February 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Cathy, I always wondered what sledding down Old Palisade Road would be like--it's a great hill! But I did wonder about the cars coming down River Rd. Sleds have seat belts for kids now, so I can't imagine!
Tom Mancini February 09, 2013 at 06:52 PM
We used to go to the Englewood golf course, at the Fort Lee/Englewood border.
maryann February 09, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Myrtle Avenue was the best!!!
Julie Marrara Ardito February 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Yes Cathy Old Palisde Road what a great Hill, I remember someone standing at the bottom of the hill just in case. We all knew to lean right. then there was riding down the side walk on main St Just before turning into River Road. then Cedar St . Small but good.
David Baric February 13, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Englewood golf course was the best around. And ice hockey at the swamps behind the Carriage House.
Joni February 23, 2013 at 05:36 PM
We always went sledding in the Linwood Apt complex - I remember a few sledders hitting the garages - OUCH! If there was enough snow we would start in Linwood, go down the side of Grandview Place, across "hippie Hill" (the last house on Grandview located in Englewood) onto Westview Place and end near the Polise's house. Now that was a run!

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