When we hear the term “snow day”, we envision children building snowmen, snow angels, and forts in celebration of a day free from school. Once that first snowflake falls, children anxiously watch for their school name to scroll across the bottom of the TV screen.
While folks await that exciting (occasionally dreaded) announcement, our maintenance team awaits the signal to begin snow removal. Once snowfall has ended and conditions are safe, staff begin clearing park roadways, trailhead parking lots, and the Louisville Loop, giving those excited families and dedicated marathon trainees access to a Winter Wonderland at The Parklands.
Our operations team is comprised of two dedicated crews—the north and the south. But you’ll find no battle for the Iron Throne taking place here. We work together to overcome Old Man Winter, making the park accessible to the kids itching to get outside. Once conditions are deemed safe for travel, the northern team begins plowing and shoveling in Beckley Creek Park, working their way south to clear roads, parking lots and paved trails in Pope Lick Park and the northern portion of The Strand. The southern team begins in Broad Run Park, working their way north into Turkey Run Park and the southern portion of The Strand. Using the following tools and special care, our team goes to work.
- 3 – Service trucks with snowplow attachments to clear park roadways and parking lots. MSD staff help clear the northern part of Beckley Creek Park. In the case of heavy snowfall, Greenscapes—who also help to keep our lawns and gardens looking nice and neat in the warmer months—is enlisted to help clear roadways.
- 3 – UTVs with snowplows to clear snow in tighter spaces on sidewalks and in parking lots. These mini vehicles are also equipped with salt spreaders, which staff use sparingly on parking lots and sidewalks leading to the Welcome Center, event spaces, and trailhead restrooms.
- 1 – Ventrac tractor to clear the Louisville Loop and asphalt trails such as the Egg Lawn Signature Loop and the Greensward.
- 1 – Snow blower to help clear sidewalks around event facilities and trailheads.
Our goal is to have Beckley Creek and Broad Run parks cleared and open to visitors three hours after snowfall ends and the sun rises. But, like a snowflake, no two snow storms are alike. Sometimes, the snow is melting before we begin removal. Other times, the depth of powdery snow, or inches of ice, call for more time and equipment.
In the event of a snow or ice event, we encourage visitors to keep an eye on the Parklands website (www.theparklands.org) for the latest alerts and updates. Follow guidance provided by the city and state concerning travel throughout the area.
Just make it part of your “Snow Day” routine.
Access to the park is free year-round, during all four seasons, but The Parklands relies on gifts from individuals like you to cover annual maintenance costs, including the cost of snow removal equipment. If you enjoy the parks, and would like to learn more about how to help keep them free and open to all, please visit www.theparklands.org/Member.
See you out in The Parklands!
More Winter Topics:
Mother Nature’s Winter – by Education Coordinator Curtis Carman
About the Author
As Manager of Marketing and Communications, Anna Rosales-Crone manages internal and external communications strategies for The Parklands, as well as marketing to promote facility rentals, educational programming, fundraising and overall park awareness. Anna was hired as Communications Coordinator in May of 2015 to help build awareness of the newly constructed park by managing The Parklands brand, website and social media. Prior to joining The Parklands team, she worked in communications at the American Red Cross for five years where she grew the Louisville Area Chapter’s digital and social media presence while supporting public relations, marketing and special events. She also provided public affairs support and guidance during major disaster operations. Anna is a graduate of the University of Evansville where she met her husband and the second love of her life—traveling. She also enjoys hiking, reading, baking, dancing, going to concerts and hanging out with her two cats. Contact me about: media relations, photo requests and website.