How Open Space Preps For a Wintry Mix

December 15, 2020

The Open Space team is making their list and checking it twice to make sure CA’s facilities and pathways are ready for any wintry mix in the forecast. 

Here’s a quick glimpse at the preparations underway!


Keeping Columbia Safe

The equipment preparation takes place beginning weeks prior to the winter weather. Then, both Open Space and golf maintenance teams begin applying de-icer (salt) to CA parking lots and facility sidewalks before a snow, sleet or ice event. They will also cover the lake paths and the downtown pathway. 

Staff monitors conditions throughout the day, plowing as necessary. They will also re-treat as necessary, which means treating the sidewalks, pathways and parking lots with de-icer for the second time and throughout the inclement weather.

“Facilities, sidewalks, downtown pathways and the lake paths are our initial priority, followed by the remainder of the pathway system,” said Nicholas Mooneyhan, CA Open Space Operations Manager. “Our teams are working hard to protect the community.”

As a reminder — since it’s been so long that we’ve had real snow in Columbia — snow salt can have serious side effects for dogs, so it’s best to steer clear of salt-treated areas with your pooch. The salt can irritate your dog’s paws and cause vomiting or digestive issues if ingested. 

And to keep yourself safe, remember to wear shoes with good traction (rubber soles are a dependable option). It’s also wise to keep both hands free for balance, rather than keeping them in your pockets.

Here’s to a safe and serene snow day! 

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