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Snow Day in Perris

Snow and short sleeves. This youngster takes advantage of the warm temperatures to enjoy the snow
Snow and short sleeves. This youngster takes advantage of the warm temperatures to enjoy the snow.

Only in Perris.

That was the consensus of the 500 people who gathered at Foss Park over the weekend to take part in the City’s annual “Snow Day.” Only in Perris could children frolic in the snow, make snowballs and snow angels and experience the feel of winter while the temperature approached 70 degrees and the sun shined brightly.

For some children, and adults, the occasion marked the first time they have ever seen snow.

“It’s fun and exciting to come out to play in the snow,” said Mario Osorio, who brought her son, Diego, 4, to the snow, fun and sun. “It’s great to be out here. He’s having a great time playing in the snow because it’s the first time he’s ever seen it. He’s excited. So am I.”

A line of more than 20 parents and youngsters gathered before the official start of Snow Day, eagerly awaiting their turn to toboggan down a manmade hill or to play in the 21-tons of snow brought in just for the occasion. Some brought gloves, but many came in short-sleeves and without jackets.

Community Services worker Rachel Rodriguez prepares to launch another youngster down the toboggan run
Community Services worker Rachel Rodriguez prepares to launch another youngster down the toboggan run.

The Wal-Mart Foundation, working with Perris Community Services staff, provided the snow. Perris police handed out public safety information at a booth set up in the park. The Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Mounted Posse from Jurupa also put in an appearance.

Mike Zipper was one of the early arrivals, bringing his daughter, Maddison, who never picked up snow until Saturday. Zipper said he grew up in New York, where snow is common. Father and daughter came with coats and gloves.

“We came prepared,” he said. “It’s great for my daughter. She’s never been on a sled, never played in the snow. It’s an awesome thing to do. It’s money well spent.”

Zipper’s only complaint: “They need to let parents play in the snow too!”

Veronica Farkas came with her children, Brianna, 7, and Janessa, 5. She said the children took part in Snow Day 2009 and circled the calendar to make sure they would not miss this year’s event.

Sisters Brianna and Jenessa Farkas enjoy themselves at the City’s annual Snow Day
Sisters Brianna and Jenessa Farkas enjoy themselves
at the City’s annual Snow Day.

“They could not wait to come back again,” Farkas said. “Being a single parent, times are difficult this year and I am grateful the City provides this. My kids don’t get to see snow very often. I think it’s great the City sponsors this sort of event. It brings the community together.”

That sentiment was echoed by Evelyn Lopez, who brought her son and neighbor’s children to Snow Day.
“It’s something special,” Lopez said. “You can tell the City really cares about the community. You know our tax dollars are going where they are supposed to.”

Carlos Martinez said he was driving past Foss Park and “saw the snow,” reminding him it was the once-a-year chance to enjoy snow without having to drive to the mountains. It was the third year he brought his son.

“He enjoys it so much,” Martinez said. “He loves it. Perris has great activities for the youngsters.”