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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Pesticide-Free Parks

In the fall of 2004, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Pesticide-Free Parks partners began a three-year trial of pesticide-free park management at three sites - Lair Hill Park in southwest Portland, Sewallcrest Park in southeast, and Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland. During the trial process, no pesticides of any kind were used in these parks. Instead, volunteer work parties weeded by hand, mulched shrub beds, and controlled weeds in other ways. PP&R also continued to use various kinds of integrated pest management methods, such as aeration and overseeding of the park turf. The trial ended in fall 2007. Evaluation & Assessment Report

Two new pesticide-free parks were added to the program in 2008 - Midland Park in southeast Portland and Hillside Park in northwest.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the program. To get involved at a pesticide-free park, please contact Volunteer Services at 503-823-5121.

Arbor Lodge Park
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00 AM-noon
(March-October). Join neighbors to weed and maintain the park. Meet at the west ballfield between N. Dekum & Bryant. For more info, email Ginger