An early February ice storm is still having an impact on York City.
Two of the city's 25 parks remain closed a month after the storm wreaked havoc on York County roads, utility wires and trees.
In the city's parks, the storm brought some trees down and knocked limbs off others.
"It was sort of like Mother Nature's way of housekeeping," said Tom Landis, the city's recreation and parks director. "We haven't had an ice storm like that in a long time."
At one point, all of the city's parks were closed. Subsequent snowstorms interrupted the cleanup process, but crews have been working steadily to clear fallen branches from the parks, Landis said.
"I am hopeful that we'll be able to have everything open to the public by Friday of next week," he said Tuesday.
Still closed: Memorial and Farquhar parks were the hardest hit by the ice storm and remain closed.
Landis said crews are working hard to make sure all of the parks are open by the time spring sports start later this month.
"We're plugging away at it," he said.
Luckily, none of the city's playground equipment was damaged, he said.
County parks: Meanwhile, all county parks — including the York County Heritage Rail Trail — are open to the public.
But trail enthusiasts should be prepared to encounter snow and, in some places, significant debris along the 21-mile route, said Tammy Klunk, the county's parks director.
"I'm not sure I would take a bike on it quite yet," Klunk said. "It is passable, but as the snow melts, more and more small limbs are being exposed."
County officials closed the trail after the ice storm created unsafe conditions, with downed trees littering the path.
Crews are still working to clean up the trail, but most of the significant issues have been resolved.
One section of the trail — between Glatfelter Station Road and Days Mill Road — has not yet been cleared of large trees, Klunk said.
That section of the trail should be cleared by the end of this week, she said.
All other county parks are open.
However, because of muddy conditions, the trails at Kain, Rocky Ridge and Spring Valley parks are closed to bikers and horseback riders until further notice, Klunk said.
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