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Snow and Ice Removal Responsibilities at GreenThumb Community Gardens

A friendly reminder that snow and ice from sidewalks in front of gardens following a winter weather event must be removed. Garden groups, if it is your responsibility to clear the sidewalks and you are a garden on NYC Parks property, please review the snow removal guidelines below. 

Keeping pedestrian corridors in front of gardens clear and passable is not only important in keeping members of your community safe, but it's also a requirement of every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any lot or building. A failure to clear the sidewalks in front of gardens located on City-owned property is a violation of the GreenThumb license and of the NYC Administrative Code. In addition, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) requires that snow and ice be removed according to the schedule on their Snow Response page.
 
We encourage all garden groups to develop a snow removal plan to insure that they have a process in place to quickly remove snow and ice. For more information on best practices and GreenThumb policies for community gardens under NYC Parks jurisdiction, see pages 50 and 51 in the 2021 GreenThumb Gardeners' Handbook.
The Handbook is also available in these languages: Bengali, Chinese, Korean, PolishRussian, and Spanish
 
When clearing sidewalks, please be sure to dress warmly, take breaks, and not overdo it. If your garden group would like assistance in developing a plan, please contact your Outreach Coordinator, who will be glad to provide assistance. 

For tips and guidance on snow removal see the DSNY Snow Removal Guide or download it at the link below.

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