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'Winter Safety Beach Party' for University of Minnesota Greeks

Event celebrates new partnership between Facilities Management and Greek organizations

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Who: University of Minnesota Greek chapters and Facilities Management staff
What: Winter Safety Beach Party, featuring sand volleyball matches on courts made of six truckloads of sand
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013
Where: U of M Landcare Sand and Salt Building, 520 18th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

As we enter the winter season, keeping students, faculty, staff and visitors safe when traveling on snowy and icy sidewalks along Fraternity Row has merited a new partnership between University of Minnesota Facilities Management and the fraternities.

The sidewalks along University Avenue, between 15th and 18th Avenues, are utilized daily by University community members traveling to and from campus. To ensure safe walking conditions along these walkways, Facilities Management has agreed to sweep the snow in front of fraternities and non-University properties along this corridor in the same manner and frequency it does for University property. In return, the partnering properties will pay the nominal cost for the University to perform this service.

To recognize the new agreement, which supports University Services ‘Safety is Easy’ campaign, Facilities Management and the Office for Student Affairs is hosting a Winter Safety Beach Party on Friday, November 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the new Landcare Salt and Sand Building, 520 18th Ave. S.E., which houses the sand and salt used to treat campus roads and sidewalks during snow events.

The party will feature lunch and sand volleyball. Six truckloads of sand normally used to provide traction on snow will be spread across the floor to create a volleyball court for fraternity and sorority members. 

The new Landcare Salt and Sand Building is a 4,500 square foot building constructed to replace an older facility displaced by construction of the new Combined Heat and Power Plant. The more central location will make snow removal more efficient and safe on the Twin Cities Campus.

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