Commissioners Promote Sleigh Riding At McDade Park

Sleigh riding, an extremely popular, free family-fun activity, is back at McDade Park. The sleigh riding area is located near the 911 memorial across from the park’s second pavilion. It is open seven days per week, conditions permitting, from dawn until dusk with plenty of free parking. To check on conditions, contact the park’s office at 570-963-6764. Standing at the finish line are,

l-r, Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jim Wansacz and Corey D. O’Brien.

Sleigh Riding Returns To McDade Park

An extremely popular Winter-time family activity is returning to McDade Park, Scranton.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley announced that sleigh riding is back on the fun list of activities offered at the park.

“This is a great addition to McDade Park once again. People loved this family fun activity and asked me often about bringing it back,” explained Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien. “Once we put all of the safety measures in place, we brought sledding back. It has been welcome news to many folks. Now, we just need the snow to stay around for a while.”

“Sleigh riding is so much fun, and we are pleased to announce that families can enjoy this long time tradition at McDade Park,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz.

“This is just another opportunity to bring families and friends together for some good old- fashioned fun in a safe environment. McDade Park was always synonymous with sledding and having it back rekindles many fond memories for a lot of people,” noted Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

The activity will be offered free-of-charge to the general public.

The sled hill area is located near the 911 Memorial across from the park’s second pavilion. It will be open seven days a week from dawn until dusk with plenty of free parking.

Safety measures have been taken with large bales of hay located at the bottom of the hill to cushion any contact. Safety rules have been posted for everyone to adhere to in an attempt to make it an enjoyable experience.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the park’s office at 570-963-6764 to check on the conditions after a snowfall.

County Fishing Derby At Merli-Sarnoski Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners and the parks & recreation department finalize plans for the 21st annual fishing derby at Merli-Sarnoski Park, Carbondale, on Saturday, October 5, from 11 AM to 1:15 PM. The event is limited to the first 250 children, ages 4 -12, and costs $5 to register. Contact the park office at (570) 963-6764 for details.


L-r, William Davis, deputy director for parks & recreation; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien; Commissioner Jim Wansacz and Bobbie Baillie, park staff. While Merli-Sarnoski is in the Carbondale area, its address is listed as Greenfield Township.