It’s Grilling Season!

Our Department of Public Works is always looking to make sure our municipal properties are in tip top shape for our residents. One of the things we noticed over the winter was that some of our park grills are at the end of their life.

With summer around the corner, we’ve placed an order for 7 new grills with an expected ship date during the first week of May. We are also going to add several super-sized grills next to the pavilions and cabins in our parks. Normal park grills have 320 square inches of cooking surface, and the super-sized ones have 1,040. It’s great to see large gatherings of families and groups taking advantage of the parks, and we hope this will make it more convenient for those big get-togethers.

are park grills safe to use?

Some people are hesitant to use a park grill because it sits out in the weather and you might wonder about who used it last, or what was cooked there. Park grills are perfectly safe to use, but there are a few things you can do to prepare for a safe and enjoyable cookout:

  1. Bring a good, sturdy grill brush. Brush the cooking surface, and scrape off any burnt material.
  2. Bring a plastic grocery bag and turn it inside out. Use a plastic grocery bag to reach in and wipe out any charcoal or burnt material in the bottom of the grill.
  3. Once you have scraped everything to the edge, place the material in the bag by reversing it and all the material will fall in without your hand being covered in soot.
  4. Place your charcoal into the grill, light it and let it heat up. There are no viruses, bacteria, molds, or anything else that can survive fire and sustained heat.
  5. Once the grill is ready, scrape the grates one last time before you start grilling. A high-temperature oil, like Canola, can be applied to reduce sticking and enhance flavor. Another option is to line the grilling surface with aluminum foil and poke some holes in it with a fork, spray it down with some Canola, and do your grilling on top of the foil.
  6. Make sure to clean up when you’re done and don’t put hot coals into the trash can.

Happy grilling!

Stan Torres, Manager of Municipal Properties

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