SAPPORO (Kyodo) About 500 tons of snow used to make one of the huge statues at the Sapporo Snow Festival earlier this month has been reused to make a snow park in the city where people can sled and ski.

The festival, which ended Feb. 13, is famous for its hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures. About 2.41 million attended it this year.

The organizer reused some of the snow from the festival to form ski slopes at Odori Park, the main venue.

On the park’s opening day Saturday, more than 100 people came to indulge in winter activities there.

“I’ve gotten better at both skiing and sledding with a (tire) tube. I want to play more here,” said Tomoya Murabe, 8.

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