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Winter fun in your own backyard

Heading to the parks for winter recreation

PRINCETON — When the winter weather moderates a bit, area residents are encouraged to remember to enjoy the outdoors with a walk-in trip to the Princeton parks.

On Tuesday, Princeton Park District Executive Director Elaine Russell said the beginning of the year is always a busy time with New Year’s resolutions, and this year is no exception with the perennial resolution to get more exercise and live a healthier lifestyle.

For people wanting to get some fresh air and outdoor exercise, both Zearing Park and the City-County Park are gated for the winter, but people can walk into those parks and use them for winter recreation, Russell said, however, the Zearing Park walking path will not be cleared but will stay in its natural winter state, she said.

Also, the Alexander Park and the Metro Center grounds, along with the nearby West Side Park, are available for cross country skiing, snow shoeing or walks, Russell said. For people who don’t want to venture outside during these cold days, the Bureau County Metro Center is another option, she added.

The Princeton Park District Board met in regular session Monday evening at the Metro Center. On the agenda was a discussion of an annexation and tax abatement ordinance for the Bailey Subdivision on the north side of Princeton.

Russell said the tax abatement for the homeowners in the Bailey Subdivision began in 2009. The park district has received those taxes which are then paid back to the city of Princeton. The amount owed by the park district to the city of Princeton for the 2009-12 time period is $26,291. The city and park district will continue working on an intergovernmental agreement dealing with the Bailey Subdivision.

Looking ahead to the coming year, Russell said 2014 will be a time of celebration as district observes the Metro Center’s 25th anniversary. Special events are being finalized for different observances throughout the coming year.

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