The First Big Snow

If you haven’t already caught glimpses of the High Line dressed in white, check out the snow-strewn photos that our Maintenance & Operations staff took this weekend.

The Diller - von Furstenberg Sundeck under a white blanket.

In order to clear the snow, the crew used various tools and equipment including: a Bobcat mini-tracker with spinning broom, power brooms, push brooms, snow-blowers, shovels, and eco-friendly ice melt. Brooms (and power brooms) are the best way to remove snow safely and efficiently from the concrete planking and pathways.

High Line staff member Damien Moore snow-swept while shoveling.

Snow removal started Saturday afternoon around 3:00 PM, finished for the night with the park’s closing around 8:30 PM, and then began again on Sunday morning at 7:00 AM. As the snow began to fall steadily on Saturday, the prepared staff and Park Rangers began sweeping and shoveling to keep the High Line’s paths snow-free.

Sunday, it took several hours to remove the white piles from stairways and walkways that had gathered overnight. The park’s access points opened to eagerly awaiting snow-lovers, who climbed up at 11:00 AM. It took as many as ten staff members to remove snow in preparation for the park’s opening that morning.

Deputy Director of Horticulture & Park Operations Melissa Fisher clears the access point on Gansevoort with a snow-blower Sunday morning.

The High Line will be open through the holidays with regular operating hours (7AM–8PM), weather dependent. Please check back with our website and twitter to get updates on late openings or early closings.

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2 Responses

  1. I was very disappointed to see that the Highline Park entrance at West 20th Street was not open on Sunday (12/20/09) after the snow storm. I had just walked the Hudson River Park with friends from out of town, which was beautiful and open in both plowed and unplowed form, only to find the Highline closed.

    This is unacceptable from a group that claims that they are capable of maintaining this world class park. I have heard the critique that the Highline is a park for the rich and famous, which I do not believe, but how does FOHL show thier “care” about neighborhood residents with a locked gate!

    Pleading that the area was “unsafe” doesn’t cut it, you all need to do better than this.

    Minimoto Yoshida

  2. Minimoto: why not show you care for the park yourself. why not volunteer to help!

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