Another way Downtown contributes to green efforts is through a “snowmelt” system, which means heated streets and sidewalks. In other words, no snow, salting, plowing, slipping, sliding, and no track-in to downtown residential and business carpeting.
The 405,000 square-foot snowmelt system circulates warm water through over 60 miles of 1” orange plastic pipe arranged every 6” under the street surfaces and sidewalk brick pavers. The system can melt approximately 1 inch of snow per hour at 15-20 degrees farenheit. Windy conditions may slow the process, but for the most part, the system works just as designed.
Downtown Holland has the largest municipally-owned snowmelt system in the United States.