Highland Park cancels weeding effort at Danny Cunniff Park
BY CHARLES BERMAN firstname.lastname@example.org November 10, 2011 6:08PM ReprintsUpdated: November 11, 2011 11:27AM
The Park District of Highland Park has cancelled Friday’s volunteer weed-pulling effort at Danny Cunniff Park because of sloppy field conditions.
Recent heavy rains have created pools of standing water, which have attracted large gatherings of geese, district officials explained.
“The Park District is not abandoning its manual turf-management plan and will not be spraying (chemical turf-care treatments),” stated District Executive Director Liza McElroy, in a news release announcing the weed picking cancellation. “In response to community interest in a volunteer weed pull, we planned this date in order to take action as soon as possible before the weather turned too cold.
“We want to thank everyone who had planned to attend for their willingness to be a part of the solution.”
Park officials reported previously that Cunniff, West Ridge and Larry Fink parks have become overrun with more than 60 percent weed coverage. Cunniff was selected first because it’s Highland Park’s largest athletic venue, with three soccer fields and two baseball diamonds.
While more than 575 residents signed an online petition lobbying the district against chemical weed treatments, district officials also reported Thursday that there wasn’t a swell of volunteers that notified the district of plans to take part in the day of manual labor.
The Park District will set a weed pulling date in the spring. A Parks Advisory Committee also will meet during the winter to assess the district’s organic turf-management programs and later make official turf-management recommendations to the Park Board.
Park District Commissioners Lori Flores Weisskopf and Brian Kaplan have been tapped to serve as liaisons to the advisory committee.