New Hope Expands Trail Plowing
New Hope is going to expand plowing in local parks this winter. A city survey revealed that citizens wanted this, so the city will clear more trails for the fourth year in a row.
New Hope already plows designated trails in Hidden Valley, Lions and Northwood Park when there is three or more inches of snow. Now, New Hope will plow an extra section in Northwood Park as well.
While sidewalks still have priority, workers will plow trails when they complete sidewalk plowing. No overtime is used for trail plowing.
Workers say it’s very important to plow the trails to encourage residents to use them for walking in winter.
Plowing trails has been a hit with residents, many of whom have told the city they appreciate the cleared trails.
“We got excellent feedback on it,” said Andrew Kramer, New Hope Street and Parks Supervisor. “Residents stop us on the trails a lot and thank us in person. It’s a fun job to do and it’s good to get the feedback on it. It’s enjoyable.”
Trails will be cleared as thoroughly as possible, but they will not be maintained to bare pavement. No salt or sand will be used for ice control, so residents should be cautious of slippery spots.