Going Green

October 2021 Broadleaf Application

Eternally Green Lawn Care, Inc. is scheduled to begin the annual fall broadleaf weed control applications on October 6, 2021. Applications are scheduled to take place between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with some variations depending on the location. The schedule is weather dependent and may need to be adjusted based on conditions.  The District will update our website and social media with any changes to the application schedule.

Yard signs notifying patrons of the upcoming application will be posted at the entrances of the parks prior to the scheduled application dates. The product that will be applied is called SpeedZone and patrons are asked to remain off the grass until the product has dried. 

In keeping with the District’s commitment to reducing herbicide usage, the 2021 fall broadleaf weed control application includes a 15% reduction of the overall application. That is approximately 30 acres of turf grass that will not receive an herbicide application this fall.

For more information or to answer any questions please email Dan Payne, Director of Parks or call (630) 993-8940.

Annual Fall Broadleaf Weed Control Schedule
(schedule is weather dependent)

Friday, October 15

  • Wagner Community Center
  • Berens Park

Monday, October 18

  • Salt Creek Park
  • Crestview Park

Tuesday, October 19

  • East End Park
  • Washington Park

Wednesday, October 20

  • Wild Meadows Trace

Thursday, October 21

  • Wilder Park

Fall Broadleaf Weed Control Applications have been completed at the following locations:

  • York Commons
  • Pioneer Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Administrative Office
  • Butterfield Park
  • Eldridge Park
  • Maple Trail Woods
  • Ben Allison Park
  • Plunkett Park
  • Courts Plus
  • Glos Memorial Park
  • Golden Meadows
  • Centennial Park
  • Crescent Park

Going Green in the Parks

The Park District continues to examine the usage of pesticides in parks. On June 1, 2019, Marjorie Davis Park became the second park in the District to go green, following Van Voorst Park in 2016. Staff presented the Board a goal of converting to all organic fertilizer by 2020 and the long term goal of developing an updated Integrated Pest Management plan which adheres to the Vision 2020 initiative of improving park maintenance. For more details, visit vision2020.epd.org.

A number of details were clarified, such as that pesticide usage never occurs on the playgrounds. The Board expressed their desire for the Park District to continue to study pesticide usage and the importance of educating the community.  

Herbicide application 

At the May 28, 2019 Park Board meeting, the Board reached consensus to eliminate the use of broadleaf weed application by 15% (30 acres) from the 2019 fall schedule. Twelve sites have been eliminated from the fall application; this reduction equates to 30 acres. Adding these parks to the existing parks that do not receive the broadcast application, (Conrad Fischer, Van Voorst, Marjorie Davis) brings the total to 47 acres not receiving a broadcast application which is nearly one quarter of the District’s turf.

For more specific information, please contact Director of Parks Dan Payne