Parks

Neighborhood parks are fundamental. They serve communities as gathering places, natural recreation areas for children, adults, and pets, and outdoor venues for celebrations of all kinds. For these reasons and more, it’s important to maintain parks that are healthy, safe, and enjoyable.

When pesticides are used as a part of park maintenance, this introduces an unseen risk to park goers who may become exposed to harmful chemicals while picnicking, jogging, sun-bathing, or enjoying other activities. Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to manage park areas that are pesticide-free. Here you’ll find information on insect and vegetation management techniques, model park policies, pesticide risks, and other topics related to managing parks.

Children playing at Rosetta Park, a pesticide-free park in Eugene, Oregon

Pesticide-free Parks in the Northwest


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More Resources:

City of Ashland Pesticide-free Parks Program – A website with information and maps for pesticide free parks in Ashland, OR.

City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Pesticide-free Park Program – A website with information about pesticide free parks in Eugene, OR.

City of Lawrence, KS Parks IPM Program – An online directory of all IPM protocols for city parks in Lawrence, KS.

City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Pesticide Reduction Program – A website with information and updates regarding Seatlle’s pesticide-free park program.

King County Washington Pesticide-free Places Map – An interactive map showing pesticide-free and pesticide-reduced recreation areas in King County, WA.

Non-herbicidal Weed Control Strategies for Hardscapes and Fence Lines – A survey of non-herbicidal IPM techniques used by park managers in the northwest.

Non-herbicidal Weed Control Strategies for Shrub Beds and Landscapes – A survey of non-herbicidal IPM techniques used by park managers in the northwest.

Non-herbicidal Weed Control Strategies for Tree Wells – A survey of non-herbicidal IPM techniques used by park managers in the northwest.

Non-herbicidal Weed Control Strategies for TurfA survey of non-herbicidal IPM techniques used by park managers in the northwest.

Pesticide Free Parks - A pamphlet developed by the city of Eugene, OR about their pesticide-free parks program.

Pesticide-free Parks Programs in the Northwest – A survey of pesticide-free parks programs throughout the northwest. Includes background and staff contact information by city.

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