Healthy Beginnings

City of Reno introduces Pesticide-Free Parks program

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 11.20.23 AM

Reno City Council approved a Pesticide-Free Parks program for 12 Reno parks. The two-year pilot program was born out of community concern about pesticide use, and the Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs) were utilized to choose 10 of the 12 designated parks.

Staff identified two downtown parks, then worked with the five City of Reno NABs to select two parks within each Ward. The Recreation and Parks Commission recommended that Council approve the program.

“This is a major win for the City in regards to our priority of providing and maintaining safe and healthy neighborhoods,” Ward 2 Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr says. “Community input will continue to drive the important decisions we make.”

The following pesticide-free City of Reno parks will be identified by signage (see attached image) on site:
Downtown: Barbara Bennett Park and Wingfield Park
Ward 1: Canyon Creek Park and Plumas Park
Ward 2: Virginia Lake Park and Crystal Lake Park
Ward 3: Pat Baker Park and Wilkinson Park
Ward 4: Raleigh Heights Park and Silver Lake Park
Ward 5: Lake Park and Whitaker Park

As “pesticide-free,” staff will discontinue the routine use of herbicides for general weed control in these 12 parks. Alternative strategies would include use of organic or non-registered products, weed burning, and other manual weed-control efforts.

Parks staff attended a training session sponsored by Beyond Pesticides, a national nonprofit organization promoting alternatives to pesticide use. This training program was targeted toward turf maintenance through organic methods.