clean sidewalk

Preparing snow routes for pedestrian traffic

The Lawrence community depends on residents to remove snow from public sidewalks. Sidewalks remain in use in all weather conditions. During winter months, many Lawrence residents must be able to safely use public sidewalks: children walking to neighborhood schools, students walking to both campuses, employees going to work and families enjoying the fresh air all require safe walkways free of snow.

Safe Winter Walkways is a program provided by the City of Lawrence and the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County.


If you need help with a public sidewalk:

» Request for Volunteer Help or call (785) 832-3338.

  • This year, Douglas County Senior Services will institute a November 16, 2018 deadline for registering for assistance with Safe Winter Walkways.
  • After November 17, 2017, no waiting list for assistance will be kept this year.
  • Please direct questions to Larry Woydziak at the Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, (785) 842-0543 x 115.


Help Lawrence residents who can’t physically shovel their sidewalks.

» Sign up form or call (785) 832-3338.

  • Volunteers will be matched with Lawrence residents who are unable to shovel snow. We make every effort to match volunteers with residents in their neighborhoods.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to the snow season and shovel snow each snow fall.
  • Maintaining Safe Winter Walkways is a step in keeping Lawrence a desirable place to live.
  • Snow removal is limited to public sidewalks and a walkway to the street from the front door. This does not include driveways, porches or other walkways. Volunteers may choose to clear these areas but it is not an expectation of the program.