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The City of Edmonton is proud of its vast parkland and works hard to maintain its biodiversity. Through care and proper preservation practices, it can continue to be enjoyed by all.

Mowing Service Levels

Premier Sports Fields

Mowed once a week

  • Weed whacking around or along fence lines, objects, trees once per year
  • Line marking will be provided by request and on a booking needs basis

List of Premier Sports Fields

You may see:

  • Increased grass growth or visible increase in grass clippings with wet weather conditions
  • Islands of longer grass around clusters of trees and along fence lines due to reduced trimming
High Profile Parks

Mowed every 7-10 days

  • Weed whacking around or along fence lines, objects, trees once per year

You may see:

  • Increased grass growth or visible increase in grass clippings with wet weather conditions
  • Islands of longer grass around clusters of trees and along fence lines due to reduced trimming 
Standard, District-level Parks and Sports Fields

Mowed every 10 - 14 days
All other parks, regular sports fields and neighbourhood walkways.

  • Weed whacking around or along fence lines, objects, trees once per year
  • Line marking will be provided by request and on a booking needs basis

You may see:

  • Increased grass growth or visible increase in grass clippings with wet weather conditions
  • Increase of visible dandelions and other weeds due to the reduced mowing frequency
  • Islands of longer grass around clusters of trees and along fence lines due to reduced trimming

For more information on sports field maintenance visit the Loan Out and Line Marking programs.

Open Spaces

Mowed every 10-14 days
Multi-use pathways and roadway boulevards.

  • Weed whacking around/along fence lines, objects, trees once per year

You may see:

  • Increased grass growth or visible increase in grass clippings with wet weather conditions
  • Increase of visible dandelions and other weeds due to the reduced mowing frequency
  • Islands of longer grass around clusters of trees and along fence lines due to reduced trimming
  • Increase in blooming and seed production of weeds due to reduced mowing
Undeveloped Areas

Mowed up to 5 cycles annually
Undeveloped areas.

You may see:

  • Increased grass growth or visible increase in grass clippings with wet weather conditions
  • Increase of visible dandelions and other weeds due to the reduced mowing frequency
  • Islands of longer grass around clusters of trees and on berms and hills due to reduced trimming
  • Increase in blooming and seed production of weeds due to reduced mowing
Public Mowing Field Safety

For safety reasons, we do not encourage the public to mow City-owned parks and green spaces. We hope with the adjustments being made to service levels from 2020 to 2021, residents will no longer see the need to mow on public land in their communities.

Plant and Shrub Service Levels

High Profile Shrub and Flower Beds

Shrub beds located in high profile areas such as citywide parks, recreation centres and attractions, Business Improvement Areas, and City Hall. Some of these areas are also planted with annual flowers.

  • No change to regular service levels at five cycles per year
  • City parks within the downtown core, including City Hall are maintained on a bi-weekly cycle
  • Annual flowers in in-ground beds will not be watered past September

You may see:

  • High profile shrub and flower beds should appear clean, vibrant and mostly weed free
Roadway and Neighbourhood Park Shrub Beds

Shrub beds located in roadways, parks and neighbourhoods.

  • Shrub beds located in roadways and neighbourhood parks will receive two manual weed control cycles this year. There will also be increased capacity for inspection and control of regulated weeds using herbicides when deemed necessary, up to two cycles per season.
  • Pruning will be reduced to sight line obstructions and encroachment over sidewalks.

You may see:

  • This change will likely not change the look of shrub beds but will help crews control regulated weeds more effectively.
  • Taller regulated weeds, or increased height on non-regulated weeds.
Dandelions

We are slowly transitioning from the expectation that all parks are to be highly manicured into a city that embraces our natural environment and understands the reality of the existence of all non-regulated weeds, like dandelions.

You may see:

  • Increase of visible dandelions and other weeds due to the reduced mowing frequency during dandelions peak blooming season and shrub bed maintenance

Parks and Trail Servicing

Litter Collection

During the summer months, May to October, litter will be removed from garbage cans located in parks and trails twice per week. 

During the winter months, November to April, litter is picked up once per week.  

You may see:

  • Garbage cans should not be overflowing, and should be accessible. If a can is full, please call 311 to request pickup. 
Trail Maintenance

Trails are swept at the beginning of spring to remove any gravel, sand or debris. During the spring/summer, they are swept periodically if there is too much debris or sand.

Note: sweeping usually begins at 6:30am

You may see:

  • Trails should be clear and ready for use. For potholes or maintenance requests for trails, please call 311 or use the 311 app.

Related Initiatives

For More Information

Parks and River Valley Operations - General Information

Telephone  In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton:  780-442-5311
Online Contact 311 Online

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