Parks and Recreation:

  • Is planning permeable parking lots and pathways that allow water to permeate through the pavement and be filtered
  • Promotes “green roofs,” which reduce heating and cooling costs and reduce storm water runoff
  • Plans to install benches and waste receptacles in Parks and Recreation Centers made from recycled materials
  • Plans to use ethanol gas blends in City vehicles
  • Uses large trash receptacles at parks and recreation centers, thereby reducing the frequency of emptying and the consumption of fuel
  • Partners with volunteers to maintain natural areas and manage environmental projects, which include:
  • Clearing, from a variety of bluffland habitats, invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle that inhibit the growth of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers
  • The annual Spring Parks Cleanup, which draws approximately 6,000 volunteers