Ralston will mow larger areas of parks in response to community feedback on its approach to let seldom-used areas of parks grow into meadows.
This spring the city, with significant input from its Parks and Tree Commission, said environmental benefits and some cost savings drove its decision to allow areas of grass in parks right of ways to grow with the possibility they would be planted with wildflowers this fall.
Reactions from residents have been mixed, with several speaking about the issue at City Council meetings and contacting City Hall and elected officials. Thursday, the city announced it would make alterations to the areas it would mow.
The areas, according to a release:
- Pierson Field in Ralston Park. The release said larger areas near the baseball field would be mowed to allow for more room for baseball teams to warm up prior to games. There is also a sloped island in the parking lot on which the perimeter will be mowed.
- Ponderosa Park. Several residents told officials they like to throw a Frisbee near the playground in the park but long grass prevented them from doing so, and now the city will mow larger areas in the area. The city will also mow two swaths to allow for a connection of the north and south sides of the park.
- Wildewood Park. The city will mow larger areas around the volleyball court to allow for more areas for pickup soccer games and cut and cut a swath to the trail.
All changes are weather permitting, the release said, and the city recently hired two public works employees which will allow it to catch up on parks maintenance.
Officials encouraged residents to contact the city or elected officials if they have any concerns at 402-331-6677.