Usually, December in Naperville means bringing out the sled and skates to enjoy a winter wonderland. But this year, things have been a little more green.
Though that’s bad news for snow removal services, it’s good news for local landscapers.
“There’s a lot of work for us still from the normal landscaping that we had. Usually all of the break work, we stop because of the weather. When it gets cold we can’t work outside, the ground freezes and stuff. But since the weather is cooperating a little bit, we’re trying to keep working and getting all the jobs we can,” said Placido Gonzalez from JM Landscaping.
While the shortfall of snow means less ice rink and sled hill attendance, the Naperville Park District is making use of other facilities that usually close up.
“More people are outside with the weather that we’ve had. More people who are enjoying the golf course with the extended season, more people who are enjoying the trails or even just the playgrounds. Certainly we’ve seen a lot of people outside using the parks, just in a different way than what you would typically use them for this time of year,” said Director of Recreation Brad Wilson.
According to the National Weather Service, these warmer temps could be around for a while.
“It looks like an extended period of mild weather through the rest of the month and possibly even into January. The latest outlook from the Climate Predictions Center is favoring above normal temperatures yet again, and even through January, February and March,” said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with National Weather Service Chicago.
The Park District’s ice skating and sledding season typically runs through February 15th each year, but has been extended through March the last two winters.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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