Does Parkland Grass Come Before Children, Pets And The Bay?
“No children or pets in our parks? Pesticides in the bay? Green grass doesn’t excite me.”
~ Bob Otwell’s message accompanying these two images sent via email
I fully agree and the city needs to hear this message from more people! Many of us are being responsible in our own yards by:
There are alternatives! (Refuse to Use Chemlawn) Please, don’t shy away from supporting more sustainable management practices…send a note directed to public works and parks and recreation encouraging them to transition away from the use of toxins.
It needs to be noted, the parks and recreation commission recently passed the 5 year goals and objectives which includes GOAL 4: PERFORMANCE LANDSCAPE GUIDELINES. If you have ability in this field and want to champion or lead a sub-committee with parks and recreation, send me a message. We certainly need help on this issue.
Goal 4 reads as such:
Develop a set of Performance Landscape Guidelines (PLG) that will encourage a more sustainable approach to designing and managing City parks.
- Soils, ecology and existing wildlife habitat
- Storm water management
- Selection of vegetation
- Air quality and the capture of carbon emissions
- Design, social space and park visitor amenities
- Operation and maintenance including the mowing and the development of no-mow areas in existing parks – (possibly convert some existing lawn areas to native meadows to increase species diversity in our parks and provide wildlife habitat).
- LEED and other National and State accredited design standards including LID and Green Infrastructure.