Ariens Hill welcomes tubers
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The ribbon was cut Thursday afternoon on Ariens Hill at the Titletown District.
At 46 feet high, with a 300-foot long sledding experience, the length of a football field, the Packers hope Ariens Hill will be the latest family attraction in Titletown.
“When you go down, it's kind of like you're curved to the right and then you just go forward,” said Hayden Schultz, a 9-year-old from Ashwaubenon. “It just feels awesome.”
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and Ariens President and CEO Dan Ariens took the ceremonial first trips down the hill.
Murphy says the idea of a tubing hill came from Titletown District listening sessions.
“When we were designing the park, we heard a lot of feedback from a lot of folks and they really wanted a tubing hill,” said Murphy. “They wanted something to bring people together.”
The Packers say the hill was designed to be fun for a 13-year-old.
“It's a lot of fun,” said Shayle Schoepp of Madison. “I enjoyed it.”
For the grand opening, Ariens Hill costs $3 per ride. The Packers aren’t sure how long the grand opening will last, but plan to offer different pricing options at a later date.
By comparison, at Triangle Sports Area on Green Bay’s east side it costs $3.50 for a tow rope fee and you can rent tubes for $2.50. Kewaunee's Winter Park offers two hours of unlimited riding for $8 per person.
“The cheaper it is, the more people can go and enjoy the Christmas spirit and you know, enjoy the sledding,” said Tripp Faulk of Richmond, Virginia.
“I would maybe do some kind of package deal or maybe do multiple times kind of thing,” said Amber Kaplan of Madison.
Of course, what you can't find with any other hill is sledding with a view of Lambeau Field.
“It's awesome, because I love the Packers,” said Schultz.
You do need to be 4 years old and 46 inches tall to ride down Ariens Hill.