AMESBURY, Mass. — The Amesbury Sports Park is offering discounts on snow tubing admissions for military personnel and people who support its food drive to help local families in need.
The park boasts the steepest snow tubing hill in New England at its facility, located at 12 South Hunt Road.
"We've been working with Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury for six years now to help boost food donations in the winter. After the holidays pass, donations typically drop, so we do our best to keep the food rolling in all winter long," said co-owner Kevin Jacques. "We are offering a $3 discount off a snow tubing admission for anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Those donations make all the difference in the world for local families in need. We've found that families especially like to support the food drive as it teaches kids the importance of giving back to the community."
Although only one canned food item per person is required to get the discount, Jacques says that many families bring in a whole shopping bag full of food. "People's generosity is truly overwhelming at times," said Jacques.
Donations are down this year, as the snow tubing park has had to close quite a few days due to weather issues.
"The 50 degree temperatures and excessive rain in January weren't exactly conducive to snow tubing, but our dedicated snow making team has been able to keep our main hill open and even open more lanes," said Jacques. The recent snow has helped, but they have a long way to go to meet their goal of filling the local food pantry shelves all winter.
After a great response last year, the Amesbury Sports Park has once again decided to salute the Armed Forces (past and present) with free snow tubing during New Hampshire school vacation week, Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, Feb. 28.
Military personnel simply need to show their military ID to get a free snow tubing pass. In recognition of their families support, the Amesbury Sports Park is extending a $5 discount to all dependants and guests of the service person paying in the same transaction.
"Snow tubing is the perfect way for a family to get a little R&R and unwind," said Jacques.
The Amesbury Sports Park is open Thursdays and Friday from 3:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It offers extended hours through holidays and school vacation weeks from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The canned food discount is not offered through Feb. 23. For more information, visit www.amesburysportspark.net or call (978) 388-5788.