Paint the Plow Pilot Program, Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Paint the Plow Pilot Program, Gaithersburg, Maryland


"Paint the Plow" on Display at Jingle Jubilee.

Four newly painted City of Gaithersburg snowplows will be on display at the 95th annual Jingle Jubilee and Tree Lighting celebration, taking place on Saturday, December 4, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 South Summit Avenue. This outdoor event is free. No reservations are required. Masks are strongly encouraged. The plows are part of Paint the Plow, a community outreach initiative of the Gaithersburg Parks, Arts & Recreation Corporation (G-PARC) and the City’s Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Culture Departments (PRC). "This is our pilot year for Paint the Plow," says Shellie Williams, the City’s Cultural Events & Services Division Chief. "We teamed an environmental message with an art project and asked members of our Youth Centers, the Benjamin Gaither Center, and our business partner, Starbucks of Muddy Branch, to be our initial participants. The project was a lot of fun for everyone involved and the plows look wonderful." Plows were painted with SOS (Save our Streams and Stop Over Salting) images and messages that stress the importance of limiting the use of road salt to reduce the amount of chloride entering the water system. High chloride levels impact the quality of our drinking water and have severe effects on species that live in or near our streams. Members of G-PARC, the City’s Stormwater and Environmental Services teams, and the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) will be on hand at Jingle Jubilee with information about the damage over-salting can do to the environment and will share alternative approaches to salting during ice and snow events. G-PARC members, PRC staff and artist Astrid Adler assisted the Olde Towne Youth Center, Robertson Park Youth Center and Benjamin Gaither Center members in developing and painting original designs on three 8’ plow blades. Muddy Branch Starbucks Manager Kevin Canales and his team, who have been involved in the City’s outdoor programs and park clean-ups for almost a year, developed and painted a mermaid-themed design as the fourth plow design. “This is our second Art and the Environment program,” says Denise Kayser, Chair of G-PARC’s Alliance for Arts & Culture. “Last spring we held an art competition for designs with environmental messages that were painted on City storm drain covers. You can see the finished artworks at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park.” The goal of the Art and the Environment program is to increase public awareness of environmental concerns by engaging businesses and residents in inspiring, creative projects that underscore the message while building community. Both the snowplow and storm drain projects will be expanded. Please contact for more information. For more info please visit

This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.

Posted by

Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Office:  301-258-7757 

Comments (14)

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

Whata fun project for children. Great information, thanks for the share. Bill 

Dec 03, 2021 03:59 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is really cool and it looks like he is doing a great job painting, I would definitely want him to help me with painting.

Dec 03, 2021 04:10 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

What a nice and different idea Roy. Great activity and fun project and I would enjoy looking at the finished paintings.

Dec 03, 2021 04:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. A great idea that should be expanded. And to think of the creativity. Enjoy your day.

Dec 03, 2021 05:15 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... what a fun and creative idea! Fortunately, we don't need to worry too much about snow plows at my end.

Dec 03, 2021 05:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, what a cool event, and bet those kids enjoyed the heck out of the painting!  

Dec 03, 2021 09:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like your pinecone picture, Roy.  It's a reminder that I need to take a drive up to the foothills to collect some that have fallen to the ground.  I use them for kindling in my fireplace.

Dec 03, 2021 01:34 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

I have never seen a snow plow, let alone a snow plow painting. Sounds interesting

Dec 03, 2021 05:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Dec 06, 2021 06:42 AM