Free sand for sidewalks

You can get free sand to spread on your snow-packed or icy sidewalk.

Free sand for residents

After you clear your sidewalks, spreading sand helps to provide traction. It also helps hard-packed snow or ice melt faster.

Locations for free sand

You can get sand for your sidewalk at these locations:

  • 6036 Harriet Ave. S. (on W. 60th St. between Lyndale and Harriet)
  • 1809 Washington St. NE (at 18th and Jefferson)
  • E. 27th St. (just east of Longfellow Ave. near the Public Works gate)
  • 2710 Pacific St. (outside the main Public Works gate between 27th and 28th Aves. N.)


Locations are open 24 hours a day. Free sand will be available starting on November 10th, 2023.


  • Free sand is for Minneapolis residents only.
  • You're limited to one five-gallon bucket.

Salt to sand ratio

We add salt to the sand to prevent freezing. The ratio is up to 25% salt and 75% or more sand.

Come prepared

You must bring your own pail and shovel.


free sand for sidewalks


Contact us

Minneapolis 311


7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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