Get out and enjoy Minneapolis parks year round!

Preparation & Maintenance

Throughout the winter, our dedicated crews prepare and maintain ice rinks

Learn about our parkway maintenance.

Snow Removal

Minneapolis trail snow removal

We take steps to safely remove snow within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall. In the event of storm conditions, snow removal timelines may increase. We appreciate your patience and understanding in these circumstances.

Snow Removal Priorities

We clear snow in the following order:

  1. Parking lots
  2. Perimeter sidewalks
  3. Interior pathways
  4. Ice rinks

Parkway snow and ice control is provided by the City of Minneapolis Public Works.

Call 612-230-6400 or email maintenance@minneapolisparks.org for more information or to report a concern.

Visit the City of Minneapolis website for snow emergency parking rules and routes for city streets and parkways.

Impact of Salt and Sand in Our Water

The salt and sand sprinkled on hard surfaces, such as sidewalks and driveways, washes away with the melting snow and ice, and pollutes our lakes, creeks and river. Once the salt is in the water, there is no way to remove it. Salt is an ongoing threat to water quality.

Just how potent is salt?

The chloride found in one teaspoon of road salt is enough to permanently pollute five gallons of water. Chlorides in high concentrations can:

  • negatively impact aquatic organisms
  • harm the structure of aquatic environments by reducing diversity and productivity
  • increase bird deaths
  • damage plants, turf grass, and trees

How can you help?

Shovel First
The more snow you can remove from the sidewalk or driveway, the less salt you need. Try to keep up with each snowfall. It's easier to go outside and shovel two or three times than to remove 10 inches of snow at once.

Use the Sun
With the snow mostly removed, even the weaker winter sun has enough power to help melt and dry pavement.

Limit the Salt 
More salt does not make the snow melt faster. If you must salt, it is recommended that you use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet, and a 12 ounce coffee cup will hold about one pound of salt).

Salt vs. Sand
Salt will not work if it's 15 degrees or colder. Use sand instead.

Sweep Up Extra Salt
Once the pavement is dry, remove all visible salt. Reuse it later or place it in the trash. Any extra salt you see on the pavement will eventually end up in the lake, creek, or river and negatively impact water quality.

Learn More

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District - Keep Our Water Clean
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Road Salt Education