The City's new Ventrac tractor made quick work of sand and mud on the greenway yesterday during the first test of the broom attachment.
The majority of the greenway is located in flood plain. During heavy rains and storms, sand and mud often wash onto the greenway. In the past, Parks and Recreation staff would have to plow off what they could and then shovel the rest by hand.
Yesterday, Parks & Ground Superintendent Jeff Holland tested the broom attachment on one of the sections of greenway that is prone to flooding during storms. The Ventrac and broom attachment pushed the sand and mud off the greenway with ease. Holland cleared the section in about five minutes. Holland said him or his staff will take the broom out after heavy storms to check and clear the problem areas.
In addition to the broom, the Ventrac can mow city grounds. It's especially handy on steep inclines.
The City of Lenoir Greenway offers more than 9 miles of path and trails for outdoor activities including running, walking, cycling, and mountain biking. These trails include the main greenway, the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, and the greenway on Morganton Boulevard. The Zacks Fork Bike Trail offers nearly 3 miles of off-road trail for mountain biking.
The Ventrac broom throws the sand and debris off the greenway.
The Ventrac broom removed nearly all of the sand and silt on the greenway. The wet pavement is where the debris was located before sweeping.