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Snow Problem! How Gurnee Park District clears paths and parking lots.

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Blog Author: Steve Becker, Parks and Grounds Operations Supervisor. 

It's finally here, snow. With more expected, our team goes out to ensure pathways are cleared, especially those leading to our three main facilities; Hunt Club Park Community Center, FitNation Gurnee and Viking Park Community Center.

Here are a few ways Gurnee Park District's parks team prepares for the snow.

Gurnee Park District's Snow Plow Schedule:

• 3:00 am – FitNation Gurnee – 2 truck plows
• 4:00 am – Hunt Club Park Community Center – 1 truck plow and 1 plow attached to a skid steer
• 5:00 am – Viking Park Community Center – 1 truck plow

Checking the Gurnee Forecast 

Gurnee Park District uses multiple weather sites to look at the forecast.

If snow is coming overnight, staff sets their alarm to prepare for an early morning.Plowing begins when there is more than 1.25 inches on the ground.Less than that, the parking lots will be salted. Sidewalks that are pathways to our three buildings (Hunt Club Park Community Center, FitNation Gurnee and Viking Park Community Center) are always shoveled. 

Preparing additional team members  

Additional,  Gurnee Park District parks team members are brought in about 5:00 am. The 4 to 5 additional team members use snow blowers or shovels depending on the amount of snow at each location.They shovel pathways in the same facility order as the larger plows.

Should the snow slow down or stop, the next round of parks are plowed.

Prioritize snow routes   

Gurnee Park District parks with public buildings have snow removal priority:


After that, the parks team makes their rounds to Hunt Club Park, Churchill Hunt Park, Ravinia Park, Timberwoods Park, Kings Park, Shaw Park, University Park, Christine Thompson Community Park, South Ridge Park, and Viking West.The size of the park determines the amount of time needed to clear pathways. Hunt Club Park, O'Plaine Park and Ravinia Park, take the shortest amount of time to plow.This is because Gurnee Park District truck plows are able to safely access those pathways.The others are done with snow blowers and/or shovels.

Assess Mother Nature    

Typically, it takes two days of hard work for our parks team to ensure safe snow removal for the community. Again, that also depends on the amount of snow that Mother Nature delivers.

We can't forget about our ice rinks.If they are in the proper frozen state, Gurnee Park District's parks team looks to clear them off as soon as the snow stops.Be sure to check the RainoutLine for ice rink conditions prior to heading out to skate. 


On behalf of the Gurnee Park District parks team, we truly appreciate their hard work when working with the unpredictable weather of the Midwest!

Comments 2

Guest - Jim Goshorn on Saturday, February 8 2020, 12:59 pm

Very proud of our dedicated park professionals. Thank you!

Very proud of our dedicated park professionals. Thank you!
Guest - Suzanne Gage on Sunday, February 9 2020, 4:19 pm

Steve Becker and the GPD Parks team are the best!

Steve Becker and the GPD Parks team are the best!
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