Celebrating winter in Highland Park

By Kevin Clark

January 25, 2014 Updated Jan 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite the freezing temperatures, children and their families braved the cold to celebrate winter with an annual outdoor event.

The third annual "Winter Blast" at Highland Park kicked off Saturday morning.

"Winter Blast" activities included sledding on Highland Hill, a scavenger hunt, and ice skating at a 10,000 square foot ice rink.

There was even hot chocolate and popcorn.

Organizers said they wanted the event to promote parks - even during the colder months.

"It's winter!" Tom Caslin of Public Works in the town of Union. "This is what we're here for. We have to deal with it, might as well make the best of it."

Many children also enjoyed the cold-weather activities.

"Well I wanted to see if I could go on the one blade because I'm usually on the two blade," said Ally Mariano, of Endicott.

For a week after Winter Blast activities, ice skating will be available under the lights from 8 am to 9 pm.

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