an ice wonderland Every winter the backyard of Parker Seiler turns into an winter wonderland for the public to enjoy. Seiler has opened his backyard to the community for over 30 years and uses his ice-sculpting skills to build an ice slide and ice rink for all to enjoy. The park is located at 103 Reflection Court, Lake James and is open everyone to use. Parker had help this year from Dave Manley who helped to move snow for the slide and rink to be built. Pictured are (front to back) Maddee Sluck, Lillyan Pitcock, Gavin Bittner, Jaime Brining, Kade Bittner, Devin Brining, Erin Sluck, Tyler Sluck, Krystal Flores and Seiler.
For more than 30 years, retired Houghton Lake educator Parker Seiler has opened his backyard to the public during the winter months by using his snow sculpting skills to create an ice park.
A main feature of the ice park is “Ryan’s snow slide” which is an ice slide constructed as a tribute to Ryan McDonald, a nine-year-old neighbor killed by a drunk driver in October 2006.
In memory of ryan Thrill-seekers Gavin Bittner, Kade Bittner and Devin Brining prepare to slide down “Ryan’s Slide” at the home of Parker Seiler. Seiler now makes this slide as a tribute to Ryan McDonald, a nine-year-old neighbor killed by a drunk driver in October, 2006, who frequently used the slide. (Photo by Mike Metzger)
In addition to the slide, the park features a small ice rink. There are 10 plastic saucers or sleds on site as well as 20 pair of skates available for use.
The ice park, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is located at 103 Reflection Ct., Lake James. It is three miles east from the Prudenville light via M-55 with a turn on Springwood Drive and then onto Reflection Court.