Call it what you will – sledding or coasting – I call it winter fun. Here are images from our archives of the children having fun on a snowy day in the Marion Street coasting zone in January 1967.
According to an article that accompanied the images in January 15, 1967 edition of the paper, the city of Scranton had 13 designated coasting zones for children. The coasting zones were each manned by attendants who received $5.50 per shift to watch the children in the coasting zones. The zones were open Monday thru Friday from 4 to 9 pm, on Saturday from 10 to 5 pm and on Sunday from 1 to 6 pm. The zones would be closed if there wasn’t enough snow for coasting.
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Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 15 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast