It takes one man in a river community to fill the hearts of people from the Thousand Islands during the boring winter months.
Ken Brabant, a Clayton resident, has volunteered his time since 2003 to create a free winter park at the Lions Field in Clayton.
The Lions Field is used throughout the school year and warm summer months for sporting events and foot ball games. But according to Mr. Brabant, who lives across the street from the field, it went empty all winter until he started flooding it and creating a free skating and sledding area.
Each winter, when the weather gets cold enough, Mr. Brabant will pack down the snow in a two mile loop around the field and flood it with water creating a public rink. But Mr. Brabant says he didn’t want to stop there and soon created a sledding area with a luge style slope.
Residents both young and old enjoy the park, and that is the only payment Mr. Brabant says he needs.
Known for his summer sunflower contest, Mr. Brabant has dreamt up another contest to go with the winter season. A snowman contest with a $100 first, second and a third prize is being held now. He says it’s to promote ‘rubber necking’ in the Clayton community.To hear from Mr. Brabant and to get a sneak peek into the first stages of the winter park in Clayton, watch the complete video story.