Culver City Winter Wonderland Celebration by Miriam Estavanez

Amazing snowball- Photo by Robert Rissman
Amazing snowball- Photo by Robert Rissman

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

The Veterans Memorial Park was transformed last Saturday, Jan. 9, courtesy of the Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department.

The Winter Wonderland was part of a dedication ceremony for the new playground that was built in Veterans Memorial Park on Dec. 3. The playground was built by volunteers from the Culver City Great Parks Association, using a grant from the city and support from kaBOOM, a national non-profit that empowers communities to build playgrounds. Mayor Andrew Weissman formally dedicated the new playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. He was joined with the volunteers that made the playground possible.

After the ceremony, the celebrations began. 20 tons of manufactured snow was brought in to create a large snow patch and a hill perfect for sledding. Children and adults alike came prepared in their mittens, jackets and scarves for a taste of winter fun.

The winter wonderland was also made possible with help from the City of Beverly Hills. The city loaned sleds and other snow equipment to Culver City to help enhance the event.

“Beverly Hills ran a winter wonderland event for ten years. They stopped it a couple of years ago.” said Daniel Jassim, Culver City Recreation Supervisor.

Along with the snow, children also enjoyed the newly dedicated playground and participated in other activities around the park. The city also provided information concerning its upcoming recreational classes in the picnic area, where refreshments were provided by the Kiwanis Club of Culver City.

“[This] brings the community out, to get together and do something fun.” said Jassim. “A lot of these people are friends and neighbors or they’re strangers to each other and they meet at this event. It strengthens the community as a result.”

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