Town ends 25-year winter event due to climate change

February 11, 2022 GMT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire town is ending its annual winter event because of unpredictable weather conditions due to climate change, saying melting ice and lack of snow have made planning the event difficult.

John Sherman, the director of Hanover Parks and Recreation, said the town’s annual Occom Pond Party has been canceled multiple times within the last seven years because of warming winters.

“Without reliable winter weather, the challenges become insurmountable when planning an event that’s dependent on snow and ice,” Sherman said.

The almost 25-year event attracted thousands of people to participate in activities such as ice skating, ice castles and snow sculptures on the frozen Occom Pond in February, New Hampshire Public Radio reported Thursday.

The town says the decision to end the event was challenging but officials will come up with another winter event that will not rely so heavily on frozen ice.