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.
The District has contracted with TruGreen to complete spot treatments for vegetation control in select areas of East End Park, The Abbey, Plunkett Park, the 135 Palmer Drive property, Butterfield Park field #1, and the Salt Creek Park softball field. This includes spraying weeds in beds, cracks and spot treating with non-selective herbicide.
The spot treatments will be applied around fences, warning tracks on all ball diamonds, and parking lot islands. The areas are safe to enter once the product has dried, and keeping with the district’s Going Green initiative, the product selected does not contain glyphosate.
For more specific information, please contact Director of Parks Dan Payne at dpayne [at] epd.org or call 630-993-8940.