Free sand for sidewalks

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


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. 


  1. Free sand is for Minneapolis residents only
  2. 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.

Contact us

Minneapolis 311


7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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