City offering free sand for public use to aid in maintenance of residential sidewalks

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat has deployed yellow sand bins in four publicly accessible locations for residents to use to help keep residential sidewalks safe and accessible.

"We are optimistic these community sand boxes will help residents improve traction with the challenging weather conditions we’ve seen this winter,” said Trevor Funk, Superintendent of Operations Support.

The yellow boxes are identified on the City’s iMap and are located at:

  • Big Marble Go Center, North parking lot
  • Fourth Avenue NE, behind Shamrock Bottle Depot
  • Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, parking lot west of Kinplex
  • Southlands Drive SE, near Chartwell Place SE

Residents should bring their own shovel and container and are welcome to take as much as one five-gallon bucket of sand per visit for their personal use.

Staff will monitor the bins and add material when required. If residents come across an empty bin, they may report it to 403-529-8177.

There is also a pile of sand for public use in the parking lot outside the front doors of the City Assets (Municipal Works) building at 188 Kipling Street SE.

Residents are reminded of their responsibility to shovel sidewalks adjacent to their homes within 24-hours of the end of a snowfall to help promote a mobile and accessible community.

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