Parks & Landscaping
The city currently has more than 140 miles of public alleys, streets and rights-of-way, 65 parks, greenways and athletic facilities totaling 778 acres and more than 10 miles of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail to mow, maintain and keep beautiful no matter how hot it gets outside. The city is also responsible for maintaining trees in these areas and removing diseased or damaged trees.
City trash workers currently pick up trash, recycling, yard waste and bulky items for approximately 30,000 customers regardless of the weather. Last year, City solid waste crews picked up more than 43,400 tons of waste, covering more than 50 square miles each week. The only holidays crews do not work are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Stormwater crews clear storm ditches, operate street sweepers and inspect retention ponds on a regular basis. Their jobs become especially important during hurricane season. Last year, crews cleaned more than 40 miles of ditches and swept almost 9,000 miles of streets collecting almost 3,000 tons of debris.
These workers were all trained to recognize the critical signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and take steps to prevent it. Would you know what to do?
Do you know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion in your friends, family or pets? Click on the links below for more information.