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Central Park Hosts Winter Jam NYC

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Central Park was transformed into a winter wonderland Saturday for the annual Winter Jam NYC. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

There were a lot of thrills and, of course, plenty of spills, but no matter how they landed on the ice, people had a good time at this year's Winter Jam NYC.

"It was my first time," said one attendee. "It was mad fun. Really fun. And my first fall."

It was a good time for all, from the kids to their parents and, for the first time, the dogs, who got their own special area to play in.

As for their owners, many of them enjoyed cross-country skiing and other free activities. People came from all over the city for the event.

"My fingers and toes are all numb, but it's OK," said one attendee. "Snowboarding? It's all worth it."

"It's really something great to have people coming out, trying something different, something new, getting outside," said Robert Garafola of the Parks Department.

Thousands of people turned out for Winter Jam, which was open both to professional athletes and amateurs, who could get some instruction. After a quick lesson, they were on their way.

The event was co-sponsored by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which promotes the Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain and Gore Mountain winter resorts.

"For us, it's just a brilliant way, I think, to expose what we do in winter sports down here in New York City so we can invite everybody to go up to our resorts up north," said Ted Blazer, president and CEO of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

Even though it is a one-day event, the Parks Department said the snow will still be here long after it's over, and New Yorkers are welcome to come out and enjoy it.

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