Recreation Paths: Winter Plowing Policy

With the new pavement in the northern section of the Greenway, we have updated our plowing policy for this winter. We will now plow the northern sections!

Depending upon the event and type of snow, intersection clearing and plowing could begin anywhere between 24 to 72 hours after a storm event. During and immediately after snow storms our team focuses their attention on making sure all of our public facilities (City Hall, Library, Miller Community Center, Leddy Ice Arena, etc.) are able to open safely and as scheduled, before moving to the recreation paths.

Salt and sand is not typically used, and any application of salt and sand will be carefully considered (recognizing the harmful impact they have on lake health). Therefore, we highly recommend shoes and bikes designed to handle icy conditions on the paths! Even after the path is plowed, snow blows over, or snow melts and refreezes, and things can get slippery.

Cross country skiers should note that the plowing leaves ample snow on the sides, and tracks usually form nicely.

Here’s how our plowing plan leaves room for skiing along the east side of the path.

If you’re hoping for fresh snow for skiing, better hit the paths early OR if you’re looking for groomed snow, please head over to the Intervale!

Also note that the 127 Bike path is not plowed, but the paved section in Ethan Allen Park from the parking lot to the access trail for the tower are cleared for people to walk.


Exceptions to this policy may include:

  • Areas where snowbanks have been pushed to the east or west for large snow drifts that the truck cannot plow through.
  • If we are trying to get water cleared off the path and into drainage structures set to the east and west sides. Snow obstructs proper drainage that the path was designed for and must be cleared to avoid deep puddles of water from freezing onto the bike path causing unsafe and slippery conditions for path users.
  • When the tree crew, water department, BED, and other stakeholders are working on the path, the full width of path needs clearing.
  • Detours for construction can obstruct clearing snow.