A new parks naturalization project is being implemented by Rock Island Parks...
Rock Island Parks and Recreation Department is currently implementing a new parks
naturalization project. There are “no mow” areas in each park that have been
designated for the project including steep hillsides and underutilized areas. Areas
were selected that will not impact the public’s recreational use of the park
and are being returned to their natural state. This process takes three to five
years to complete correctly. Executive Director, John Gripp, says, “We have to
let the grass, weeds and plants grow in order to identify what needs to stay,
be removed, or added. This process will bring back native grass species, act as
a pollination station, offer educational opportunities, reduce fuel/oil/carbon
usage and eliminate many unsafe mowing conditions caused by hillsides.” For
questions please call (309) 732-7275.