Nfld. & Labrador

To mow or not to mow? That is the question in St. John's

St. John's city council is still trying to figure out which sections of city parks to mow and which sections to let grow.
Grass is going unmowed in some sections of St. John's parks. (CBC)

St. John's city council is still trying to figure out which sections of city parks to mow and which sections to let grow.

In June, the council voted to create no-mow zones, or natural areas, in some parks for safety and beautification reasons .

Most of the no-mow zones are on slopes, where mowing has been dangerous for staff.

Now the no-mow policy is being questioned by people getting ready for the annual Victoria Park Lantern Festival. The part of the park where people would sit for the festival has been designated as a no-mow zone - and it's covered in long, wild grass

Mike Evoy, chair of the Friends of Victoria Park, said the long grass simply won't work for the lantern festival.

We do understand the health and safety aspect of it, but I mean there to be some allowances," said Evoy.

St. John's City Councillor Frank Galgay said he's not a big fan of the natural areas, and he would prefer to see more mowing.

"If you see the hills mowed and all under the tress moved and you come in, you get a sense of exuberance and beauty in the park," said Galgay.

Galgay said he spoke to the city parks department, and city workers will cut the grass in Victoria Park before the lantern festival starts on July 30.

Meanwhile, the City of St. John's is reviewing it's no-mow policy.

 

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