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Plainfield Residents Build Massive Sled Hill

Residents are invited to join in the fun on Dayfield Court.

Credit: Kevin Napoleon
Credit: Kevin Napoleon
Winter has packed a wallop this year, hitting the Plainfield area with snowstorms on a near-weekly basis — and two neighbors are taking full advantage of it.

Kevin Napoleon said he and Doug Calay decided they wanted to do something fun for their kids this winter.

"We talked about building a big snowman or a snow fort for the kids," Napoleon said. "We always do things that are over the top."

So when the first snow fell in December, Napoleon and Calay used snowblowers to move all the snow from their driveways into Napoleon's yard in the 23000 block of Dayfield Court.

From there, the idea snowballed.

"He has one of these monster snowblowers, so we started snow-blowing all the snow from our backyards," Napoloeon said. Before long, they were gathering all the snow from neighbors' yards, too. At one point, even the snowplows helped out, dumping loads of snow from the street into Napoleon's yard.

"It just became this monster snow hill," Napoleon said.

Thanks to all this snowstorms, he estimates the pile of snow on his lawn weighs at least 20,000 pounds. It also has two sled hills carved into it and three staircases.

"It wasn't a one-day thing," Napoleon said. "We started doing it as soon as we got the first snowfall and we were just constantly adding to it. I can't even see out my front door — it consumes every square inch of my lawn."

Napoleon said neighbors have been enjoying the sled hills for several weeks.

"It's almost more for me and my neighbor than for the kids," he joked, admitting, "The kids are kind of sick of it."

Area residents are welcome to come use the snow hill, which, thanks to the cold temperatures, remains rock-solid, Napoleon said. The hill is located in Napoleon's hard in the 23000 block of Dayfield Court, not fair from Route 59 and Dayfield Drive.

"This was a lot of work," he said. "We want people to enjoy it."
Melody February 13, 2014 at 08:06 PM
That is just awesome!
Butch February 14, 2014 at 06:32 AM
Looks fun but get ready to plant new seed in the spring. The weight will kill the grass.
pdl February 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Ladies and gentlemen. ...lemons to lemonade.
Kathy February 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM
30 years from now, the kids will still remember this! Make memories! I bet, seriously, that June 1st you still have a little, albeit mucky, pile of snow left!

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