County Halts Weed Spraying Due To Citizen Concerns


Due to concerns voiced by citizens regarding the use of herbicides as a weed management tool, the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division has postponed indefinitely spraying in the following turf areas: 

  • Rover Park;
  • East Park;
  • Community Soccer;
  • Myrtle Green;
  • Ashley Pond;
  • Fuller Lodge;
  • Aquatic Center;
  • Western Area;
  • Urban Park;
  • Barranca Mesa; and
  • North Mesa Sports Complex.

County ordinance requires weed abatement, due to health and safety, and general appearance of the common areas in the community, and so County departments and divisions are continuing their weed control programs in other non-park locations, which include sidewalks, roadside right-of-ways, medians, airport facilities, and parking lots. Weed management also continues at the Golf Course to ensure playability of the turf.

Community conversations are on-going, as is review of County procedures. Based on these conversations, the County will look at performing a retrospective review of past practices and determine what changes may be appropriate.

A discussion of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Division’s Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) will be included at the regularly scheduled session of the Parks and Recreation Board at 5:30 p.m., June 9 in the Municipal Bulding Boards & Commissions Room 110, 1000 Central Ave. For more information, call the Parks Division at 5050.662.8159.