Throughout the colder months of the year, it can be easy to hibernate inside as snow takes over the St. Joseph area. But there are several places in the city and nearby that make it easy to stay active during the winter months.
Chuck Kempf, director of the St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Department, said there are plenty of places for people to get active during the winter throughout the city.
There's obviously several places in the park system that people can go sled riding," Kempf said. Hyde Park and Krug Park are probably two of the more popular places, and people kind of find their spots."
Another popular spot is on the hill across from City Hall, though Kempf encourages sled riders to be cautious as there is a street at the bottom of this hill.
Outside the parks, the popular "Devil's Backbone" near Carden Park Elementary School offers a large hill, as does the large hill behind Truman Middle School.
If you're looking for larger hills or want to ski and snowboard, check out Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri. Lessons are offered in several winter sports there.
For those who want to stay active in the winter but want to stay out of the snow and ice, there are several places in St. Joseph to sweat and burn some energy.
"We've got Bode Ice Arena that has ice skating all the time," Kempf said. "There's specific programs that we work with like the Youth Hockey Association for youth hockey activities. We work with the St. Joseph Figure Skating Clubfor youth figure skating, and then there's just open skate at Bode Ice Arena, public sessions for open skating, just for recreation."
Kempf said there also are several leagues that take place in the fall and winter months at the REC Center such as youth basketball, youth volleyball, pickleball and adult volleyball.
"Of course all of the fitness activities, the fitness center and the fitness classes and those types of things as well as the walking track which the walking track is really popular in the winter months," he said.
For those age 50 and over, the Joyce Raye Patterson 50 Plus Activity Center offers a fitness center as well as lunch four days a week.
"There's a lot of different groups that meet there to have their meetings or activities," Kempf said. "There's a billiards group that meets, there's card, playing groups, there's puzzle groups, and a lot of those groups are open for other people to join."
Whatever you choose to do to stay active this winter, remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and have fun.