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Forecast for Perris: Sunny, Snow, and Fun

Perris City Councilman Mark Yarbrough takes over as chairman of the March Joint Powers Commission. “We’ve got a great staff,” he says. “One that is lean and hard working.
This youngster’s smile says it all.

The forecast for most of Perris called for sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s.

But for a portion of Foss Field Park, snow, ice and sledding were all the rage.

Saturday’s event, sponsored by the City and the Wal-Mart Foundation, was Perris’ annual “Snow Day,” a chance for kids in the Southern California community to toss snowballs, sled down a hill and enjoy the wintery atmosphere their counterparts in the east and mid-west take for granted.

More than 500 children and their parents took advantage of the opportunity.

One dad standing in line with his children as they waited to sled down a small hill created for the outing, put it this way: “We could drive 90 minutes to get to the mountains or we could come here and spend our time playing.” For those who came to Foss Field Park, it was a no-brainer.

Recreation supervisor Maria Mathey said the snow and ice arrived via truck courtesy of a Chino company. The City used 42,000 pounds of for Saturday’s merriment.

“Twenty-one tons of fun,” she said.

Many youngsters donned hats, gloves and heavy clothing for the event. While some youngsters took turns sledding downhill, nearby others engaged in spirited snow ball battles.

“It’s fun to fight with other kids and not get hurt,” said Sabreenia Morris, 14, of Perris. “It’s snow, it’s ice, it’s very cold and it’s lots of fun.”

Sabreenia came with her brother, Thomas, 12, and friend James Smith, 14. The trio attends Pinacate Middle School.

Perris City Councilman Mark Yarbrough takes over as chairman of the March Joint Powers Commission. “We’ve got a great staff,” he says. “One that is lean and hard working.
Perris parks and recreation worker Sarina Brannon prepares to launch another youngster down the sled run.

Thomas Morris said he enjoyed the large turnout, which made for a rousing snowball fight.

“There’s lots of people to aim at,” he said.

Ron Jones, 53, brought eight children and grandchildren to the snow day. They arrived an hour early so they wouldn’t miss the fun.

“This is great,” Jones said. “It way passes our expectations. Small cities do so much more for their residents than big ones. It’s amazing.”

Jones daughter, Annelisa Jones, 20, brought her son, Joey, to share the day. The occasion marked the first time Joey had ever seen snow.

“I love it,” Annelisa Jones said. “It’s clean fun for the kids.”

 Jennifer Neiiendam, 25, brought her four children and nephew, ages 7 months to 9 years. She said the kids awakened hours before the event to make sure they would not miss any of the activities.

“They’ve been very excited to come and play in the snow,” Neiiendam said. “This is in Perris and it’s fun. It’s way awesome.”

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