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Snowy fun at Glenn Ellyn Artic Blast

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  • Joey Valli, 10, of Glen Ellyn tries snowy Disc Golf during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park on Sunday. The event also featured a snowball toss, snowman building and Chilly Paddle Tennis.

       Joey Valli, 10, of Glen Ellyn tries snowy Disc Golf during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park on Sunday. The event also featured a snowball toss, snowman building and Chilly Paddle Tennis.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Tessa-Kay Stahulak, 11, of Wheaton works on building a Mickey Mouse snowman Sunday during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park.

       Tessa-Kay Stahulak, 11, of Wheaton works on building a Mickey Mouse snowman Sunday during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Kristine Jirsa and Tessa-Kay Stahulak, 11, of Wheaton work on building a Mickey Mouse snowman Sunday during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park.

       Kristine Jirsa and Tessa-Kay Stahulak, 11, of Wheaton work on building a Mickey Mouse snowman Sunday during the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Daniel Jirsa, 9, of Wheaton tries out the snowball toss Sunday at the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park. Daniel was there with other members of Wheaton's Cub Scout Pack 317.

       Daniel Jirsa, 9, of Wheaton tries out the snowball toss Sunday at the Glen Ellyn Park District's 2nd annual Arctic Blast event at Maryknoll Park. Daniel was there with other members of Wheaton's Cub Scout Pack 317.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Glen Ellyn Arctic Blast event

 
 

The Glen Ellyn Park District hosted its second annual Arctic Blast on Sunday, giving residents a chance to enjoy some late-winter outdoor fun.

Three-year-old Quinn McCauley took advantage, trying his hand at the Snowball Toss game.

"We figured today was a good day to actually have fun in the snow before it all melts away," said Quinn's mother, Heather Liay McCauley.

"Plus, we want him to sleep later on," his father, Pat, added.

The Snowball Toss was just one of the activities offered at the Arctic Blast event. Some attendees tried their hand at the Frozen Disc Fly. Others built snowmen or played a round of Chilly Paddle Tennis. There were roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate on hand, too, to keep people's spirits warm.

For perhaps the first time all winter, the weather cooperated nicely on Sunday. Temperatures were moderate, and there was plenty of sun. Most importantly, Maryknoll Park was covered with snow.

"We had almost no snow last year -- it was a big mud fest," said Mary Defiglia, the park district's assistant superintendent of recreation.

Defiglia said she hopes the event catches on as more residents learn about it.

"If you've got the right weather, it's a great late-winter afternoon for the family," she said.

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