This will be an experience that children and adults of the city can enjoy once again.” Greg Martin, the city’s director of constituent services, said breathing new life into Linett Park has been a “pet project” of his since he began working at City Hall in April.Like Cassetti and hundreds of others city kids who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, Martin recalls spending many winters at Linett Park.
Plans are in the works to transform a city gem, Linett Park, tucked away behind North State Street off of Crowley Street, into the Ansonia Winter Playground.“Growing up in Ansonia, I have fond memories of sledding at Linett Park,” said Mayor David Cassetti.“During the winter, it was a great bonding place for kids throughout the city.Limited edition prints of 100© Grégoire Ganter 2002 - 2017Where can you find a world famous dance center (Mark Morris), some of the best performing arts in the world (BAM), quiet tree lined streets, a park designed by Olmsted and Vaux and a replica of the Eiffel tower all within blocks of each other - Fort Greene! Limited edition prints of 100© Grégoire Ganter 2002 - 2017Prospect Heights is home to the Brooklyn Museum, the Botanic Gardens, and a very fine public library.Being in Brooklyn, it has its fair share of lovely streets and homes as well.Included are images of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridge, as well as shots of the Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza and Coney Island.
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“Like most neighborhood kids, I used to sled ride there endlessly on weekends and school snow days, and you’d see a hillside of kids like ants walking up the hill and sledding down,” Martin said.
“The ultimate craziness was the hill back then extended up to Prospect Street and we’d toboggan down from the top with four or five kids on one toboggan.” The hill, back in the day, was some 500-feet long, and was built for serious speed, Martin said, but the years took its toll on the hill, and overgrowth of trees and shrubs, has reduced the hill to a narrow path of about 100 feet.
Martin noted a contest is also being coordinated by the city and sponsored by local businesses to give away some 50 classic sleds, including brand new Flexible Flyers and aluminum Flyer Saucers.
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The city’s Public Works crew, however, will clear the hill, and create a more manageable “yet still impressive” 250’x 75’ expanse for sledding, according to Martin.