We would like to start off by saying we appreciate all the people we see out utilizing our parks and trails. We also appreciate the conversations we have been having with many of you about your vision for the parks. Please know that even if those suggestions are not being implemented right now, it doesn’t mean that we are not working on it. The best way we can improve our parks is by working with nature instead of against it. Here is a seasonal break down of when and why certain things should be done. If anyone would like the research on this, please contact us at 712-243-3542.

Spring:

• Early Spring

• Weed patrol

• Early seeding (if temperature is warm enough)

• Putting winter activities away

• Setting up tennis courts

• Beginning prep of baseball/softball fields.

• Pruning of landscape shrubs/bushes

• Late Spring

• Intense mowing

• Add wildlife habitats by increasing vegetative plant species

Summer:

• Maintenance

• Mowing

• Spraying

• Trimming

• Landscaping

• Capital Improvement

• Playground building

• Additions to playgrounds and shelters

• Putting in benches

• Overall park improvements

Fall:

• Early Fall

• Prepare parks for the winter season

• Begin pruning trees — evergreens typically, because they are green year round and it’s not as hard on them

• Overseed grass areas which need touched up

• Harvesting native plant seeds and planting in new areas to increase

vegetation

• Late Fall

• Controlled burns of native plant species

• Set up winter activities (Ice skating rink)

Winter:

• Tree maintenance

• Cutting down dead trees

• Removing harmful trees

• Pruning branches

• Snow removal

• Planning for upcoming year

• Grant writing

• Introduction of nesting boxes to be ready for spring breeding (Typically before March)

Note: You will not see trimming the creeks on this list. Allowing native plants to grow along the banks will improve the strength of them. This is our best form of erosion control. Anyone can see the intense erosion that has taken place along the Bull Creek Pathway. We are trying to prevent that from worsening both there and at Sunnyside. In this process, you will see prairie plants being transplanted in as they have deeper, stronger roots than the Kentucky Bluegrass that grows in our yards.