Natural Areas

Environmental Preservation
The Park and Recreation Department's commitment to environmental self-stewardship means managing park lands and resources so they can be used and enjoyed now and in the future. The department has established a Natural and Wildflower Program in an effort to beautify properties within the park system and reduce the environmental impact of mowing large areas of park land on a regular basis.

The Park Department has been working to identify locations throughout the park system where natural and wildflower areas could be established in order to meet the city*s goals of reducing carbon emissions.
Once established, natural and wildflower areas:
  • Significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with mowing, trimming and transportation of maintenance equipment.
  • Can reduce erosion along creek banks and drainage areas by providing soil stabilization.
  • Cover bare spots where grass will not grow.
Standard park rules apply to natural areas.