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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Parks and Trails
no. 18

Increase active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
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Create park/city land management standards/practices that maximize at least one of the following:

a.  Low maintenance turf management; native landscaping; organic or integrated pest management; pollinator/monarch-safe policies.
b.  Recycling/compostables collection; use of compost as a soil amendment.
c.  Sources of nonpotable water, or surface/rain water, for irrigation.
Introduce low/no mow areas into parkland; proactively manage invasive species; collect recyclables; use compost as a soil amendment. List garden plots in city parks under BP 27.3; report electric utility vehicles under 13.2
Introduce low/no mow areas into parkland AND utilize organic or integrated pest management; certify through the MPCA at least one city staff person at Level 1 in turf grass BMPs; collect compostables; adopt a pollinator habitat policy.
Provide sources of non-potable water, or surface/rain water, for parkland irrigation; require all city-licensed turf grass services to have staff certified at Level 1 in MPCA turf grass BMPs; introduce sheep/goats to keep grass mowed/invasives at bay; raise honey on city land/buildings; other innovative methods.

Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville uses storm water ponds for irrigation at the following sites: Youth Ball Field Complex Sioux Fisher Memorial, Crystal Park and Lac Lavon Park(use lake water). The City of Burnsville's Civic center converted three acres of turf grass to native grass. City of Burnsville Ice Center converted one acre of turf grass to native grass.

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Edina

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2013

Implementation details:
b)Organic or integrated pest management - Council considered the revised Turf Management Plan at the 2-21-12 EEC/Council Work Session. It was approved at the March 5, 2013 City Council meeting. c)Sources of Non potable water for irrigation is Complete. City well #14 was taken out of service in approximately 2006 due to elevated Radium 226 levels. Well #14 was then repurposed to irrigate Braemar Golf Course.

For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff)   |   tbrown@edinamn.gov   |   952-826-1621

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Fergus Falls

Date action report first entered:   01/14/2016
Date of last report update:   01/14/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Fergus Falls is looking into this type of planning for all new projects and converting once manicured grass into natural grasses. Recycling cans have been placed in the downtown areas and we amended our city code to allow for composting in residential areas. Otter Tail County is working with the community college and high school to place recycling containers at their sporting venues. The City of Fergus Falls pumps water from Pebble Lake and uses it to irrigate areas of nearby Delagoon Park.

For more information contact:
Len Taylor (City staff)   |   len.taylor@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us   |   218-332-5418

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Fridley

Date action report first entered:   12/07/2017
Date of last report update:   04/13/2018
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Fridley places recycling containers during from May through September at all parks with picnic shelters. The Springbrook Nature Center collects recycling year round and began collecting organic material in 2017. The Center also provides visitors that host events discounted compostable plateware to achieve the goal of zero-waste events. All City of Fridley Public Works staff in the Parks and Street department have a Level 1 certification in Summer Turf Care Best Practices through the MPCA. The City of Fridley adopted a resolution to be a Pollinator Friendly Community in March, 2018. This resolution included incorporation of pollinator-friendly landscaping into City parks.

For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff)   |   rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov   |   763-572-3594

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Marshall

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2016
Date of last report update:   02/01/2016

Implementation details:
Marshall Minnesota was officially designated as a Minnesota Amateur Regional Sports Center in 2008. Since that time the city has successfully lobbied for $4 million in state bonding and passed a 1.5 percent lodging/food & beverage tax as well as a .5 percent general sales tax to fund construction of 4 competition baseball/softball field, improve existing soccer fields and the building of a two sheet ice arena. Keeping the grass on baseball and soccer fields in competition condition requires enormous volumes of water for irrigation. To reduce the use of city water and reduce the amount of water flowing into the stormwater system, a holding pond was constructed near the sports complex that will hold approximately 13.5 million gallons of water when it is filled to the normal water level. Additionally, the newly constructed baseball/softball fields have tiled infields, so the excess water is collected and flows directly into the holding pond, which can be used for irrigation at a later time.

Outcome measures/metrics:
One pond was constructed with capacity for 13.5 million gallons of water up to the normal water level. Up to 10 million gallons of water could be available to baseball/softball diamonds and soccer fields. The City anticipates using approximately 1.7 million gallons of water per month for irrigation at the complex. If the City had to purchase this water from the local utility, it would cost over $10,000 per month to irrigate at the above stated rate.

Descriptive links: http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/573900/The-MARSH-is-launched.html?nav=5015

For more information contact:
Glenn Olson (City staff)   |   Glenn.Olson@ci.marshall.mn.com   |   507-537-6773

Partners:
City of Marshall, Marshall Public School, Southwest Amateur Sports Commission

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New Brighton

Date action report first entered:   04/26/2018
Date of last report update:   04/26/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
B) We have separate trash and recycling canisters throughout all the parks as well as every city facility. C) Lions Park, the newest park in New Brighton includes a soccer/lacrosse field, softball field, and most notably a storm water pond. Through permissions, contracts, contractors, and grants we are proud to say we now have the funding to use the storm water collected as irrigation for these fields.

Outcome measures/metrics:
By utilizing stormwater reuse, it is estimated that 60-70 percent of the average annual irrigation demand for the athletic fields will be met, thus reducing the amount of groundwater needed to irrigate.

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For more information contact:
Craig Schlichting (City staff)   |   craig.schlichting@newbrightonmn.gov   |   651-638-2056

Partners:
Anderson-Johnson associates inc., RCWD, Met Council, Ramsey County.

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
A rain garden was installed in 2012 at the city's golf course. The city constructed an underground water storage tank at Northwood Lake in 2016 that collects rainwater and is used to irrigate the nearby ball fields. The improvements will reduce phosphorous & sedimentation in the water.

Descriptive links: https://www.newhopemn.gov/city_hall/city_manager/performance_measures

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony has constructed the only multi-source water reuse facility in Minnesota. This included an extensive inter-government collaboration with the following agencies: City of St. Anthony, St. Anthony-New Brighton School District, Hennepin County Highway Department, MWMO, and RCWD. The project has received many environmental awards and accolades.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Reduces potable water needs for irrigation resulting in the preservation of precious groundwater resources. Reductions in pollutant discharges to the Mississippi River and Rice Creek. This project has reduced dependency on ground water resources for irrigation by nearly 7 million gallons annually.

Descriptive links: http://www.metrocouncil.org/News-Events/Wastewater-Water/Newsletters/Municipalities-reusing-stormwater-see-multiple-ben.aspx

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Ninety percent of the lake shore surrounding the city’s lakes has been preserved in native vegetation and is owned by the city. The city has converted many acres of manicured turf and agricultural land in parks and open space to native vegetation to reduce mowing and maintenance requirement. The city has a tree management ordinance and also an integrated pest management policy that the park and forestry division follows. Stormwater has been used for irrigation at the Bielenberg Sports Center since its initial construction in 1995. A rain water reuse system was installed in the Thames Road fire station pond to irrigate the adjacent Windwood Park in 2012. A rain water reuse system is being installed at the Eagle Valley Golf Course and Prestwick Golf Course as part of the stormwater management system for the County Road 19 expansion project in 2013.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Bloomington

Date action report first entered:   01/24/2018
Date of last report update:   01/24/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
a. Low maintenance turf management; native landscaping; organic or integrated pest management; pollinator/monarch-safe policies. In an effort to be more sustainable both Park Maintenance and the City’s Golf courses have converted traditional turf areas to native plantings that include a wide variety of flowering plants desired by pollinators. Examples are wetland buffer strips maintained throughout the Park system, rain gardens and the plantings at the Civic Plaza and Public Works Buildings. b. Recycling/compostable collection. Bloomington offers garbage and recycling collection containers at all developed park sites and is installing two organic collection stations that will be staffed by volunteers where residents can drop off household organic waste to be recycled.

For more information contact:
Mary Hurliman (City staff)   |   mhurliman@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-8730

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Eagan

Date action report first entered:   01/13/2011

Implementation details:
The Park Department has reduced the area of mowing within parks by approximately 10%, allowing many areas to return their natural condition. The City has installed and manages 30 acres of native prairie within park sites. An unmowed buffer ranging from 10 to 30 is retained around ponds and water bodies. Ongoing: The City uses rain barrel at the Eagan Art House (at Patrick Egan Park) for some irrigation

Outcome measures/metrics:
The Park Department has reduced the area of mowing within parks by approximately 10% The City has installed and manages 30 acres of native prairie within park sites. An unmowed buffer ranging from 10 to 30 is retained around ponds and water bodies.

For more information contact:
Andrew Pimental (City staff)   |   apimental@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5506

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   01/09/2018
Date of last report update:   01/09/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
City staff has adopted management standards to reduce the amount of mowing in city parks including low mow areas, native plants and turf management strategies to reduce the amount of fuel and time required for management. The majority of city parks also have recycling collection including larger athletic complexes and smaller neighborhood parks.

Descriptive links: http://elkrivermn.gov/documentcenter/view/6010

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   12/20/2016
Date of last report update:   02/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   1999
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Golden Valley has contracted with a professional consultant to assist in managing 25 native buffer areas using integrated pest management since 1999. The consultant performs monthly site visits and assesses whether an area needs to burned, mowed or treated. Herbicide is only applied as needed (through spot treatment). Phosphorus-free fertilizer and herbicide are used on athletic fields, Brookview Park, and City Hall campus on an as-needed basis only. All staff that handle fertilizer and pesticide products are certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on an annual basis and all products are applied according to their label recommendations. Herbicide treatment is used on athletic fields if weeds compose over 70% of an area. Milkweed is not removed from any public lands and is included in public planters, medians and along roadways. One staff member is level 1 certified in turf grass BMPs through the MPCA. Golden Valley has four low-maintenance mowing areas on City parkland including Schied Park hill, Glenview Terrace Park hill, and Brookview Park Tennis hill. These areas are typically non-programmed spaces with steeper slopes. These areas allow the City to reduce inputs, save on labor, equipment and material cost, and diversify the ecology. Golden Valley has significantly increased park and public event recycling to maximize recycling at higher use facilities (Brookview Park Shelters, the Brookview Park Tennis program, Isaacson Little League Field and the Schaper Softball Complex).

Outcome measures/metrics:
In 2015, phased mowing reductions were introduced to naturalize certain areas of parks that are not programmed for recreation including Schied Park hill, Glenview Terrace Park hill and Brookview Park Tennis hill. There are currently about 53.5 total acres of native buffer established in Golden Valley (21.7 acres of which is managed by the City). In 2015, about 6 total acres of pollinator habitat were planted in public areas in addition to the 1.6 acres of buffer planted around ponds and along streams. 2.5 acres have been added in 2016. More pollinator habitat and stormwater management vegetation is planned for projects in the community in 2017 and beyond.

Descriptive links: http://www.goldenvalleymn.gov/boards/environmental/environmental-state-of-the-city-report-2015.pdf

For more information contact:
Al Lundstrom (City staff)   |   alundstrom@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8046

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   05/24/2016
Date of last report update:   07/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   1995

Implementation details:
Parks in Inver Grove Heights have always been managed by an integrated pest plan. There are also low/no mow areas located throughout the City's park system. Recyclables are collected in the Golf Course and Rich Valley Athletic Complex. All park maintenance staff have received pesticide application licenses. Additionally, the municipal golf course, Inver Wood, and Rich Valley Athletic Complex pump non-treated ground water for irrigation.

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/15/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe utilizes Native landscaping. Pest management is carried out by surveys, detection trapping. New construction projects contain rain gardens for irrigation.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   03/14/2011
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city currently has a turf management plan that address all of these issues including the placement of low/no mow areas. The collection of recyclables is a part of the solid waste management aspect of the City's public areas solid waste management plan. 3M headquarters is currently working with the University of Minnesota to organize and implement bee hives on the open spaces within the 3M campus. Maplewood has worked on reducing and minimizing the size of turf areas and promoting the usage of native landscaping within public lands. The City has also tested certain sites with organic products and also trying to promote the usage of organic and integrated pest management. The city currently has a turf management plan that address all of these issues

For more information contact:
Audra Robins (City staff)   |   Audra.robins@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2125

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Richfield

Date action report first entered:   02/19/2016
Date of last report update:   02/19/2016

Implementation details:
The Parks Master Plan component of the City's Comprehensive Plan calls for natural resource preservation and environmental sustainability. Also, the City worked with graduate students from the U of M to develop an analysis of vegetation management and low maintenance standards for turf management in the City's parks and a second study to improve fishing and recreational opportunities at Taft Lake. In Progress - Irrigation system for Veterans Monument. Grant from Minnehaha Watershed District for Legion Lake and Taft Lake (Project should be complete by summer of 2016). Purpose is to reduce nitrates, flocculation and infiltration systems. Three watersheds: Minnehaha via pipes from Taft Lake to Nokomis. Huge project. Improve as a fishery with help of DNR. Very deep and accessible.

For more information contact:
Jim Topitzhofer (City staff)   |   JTopitzhofer@richfieldmn.gov   |   612-861-9394

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   10/08/2013

Implementation details:
City has been adding alternative landscaping around pond/lake perimeters and has added prairie in park open spaces. City hires Prairie Restorations to manage sites- IPM based management.

Outcome measures/metrics:
increase in alternative landscaped areas throughout park system.

Descriptive links: http://www.stlouispark.org/environment-gardening/alternative-landscaping.html             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff)   |   spinc@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2191

Partners:
Prairie Restorations, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Metro Blooms

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2014
Date of last report update:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
Planning and implementation of restored natural areas in many parks, include regional parks which are natural resource based, removal of invasives and planting of appropriate native species. Operations/Parks Maintenance is also experimenting with a clover seed mix which is intended for high activity areas and is supposed to be lower maintenance. Recyling is implemented in all regularly staff Parks & Recreation facilities. Operations/Parks Maintenence is also recycling at all events and large picnics. All Regional Parks and seasonal picnic facilities have recycling containers and most neighborhood parks have recycling. There are also recycling containers throughout our trail system. (Design) Como golf course, other golf courses?

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Scandia

Date action report first entered:   12/18/2017
Date of last report update:   12/18/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City Council has passed a resolution to participate in and endorse pollinator friendly efforts. In the resolution the City will undertake best efforts to utilize plants favorable to pollinators, use native MN species, and cease the use of pesticides that would impact pollinators

Descriptive links: Pollinator Friendly Resolution             view file

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   11/12/2014
Date of last report update:   11/12/2014

Implementation details:
Coon Rapids has planted 15.7 acres of native grasses in various parks throughout the city. As part of a park redevelopment, fescue turf seed was used to reduce water consumption. At one of the city's waste water treatment plants was developed into a native prairie landscape where it had previously been a mowed grass field. Approximately 20 parks in the city have recycling containers, specifically those with athletic fields and high traffic during summer months. Similar practices will be used in the other park redesign plans through the park bond referendum.

For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff)   |   gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6552

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Elko New Market

Date action report first entered:   12/28/2015
Date of last report update:   01/22/2016

Implementation details:
See Park Plan (web link to Park Plan above). - Low/no mow areas and native landscaping are a part of the parkland maintenance process. Recyclables are collected at each site. There is also one community garden plot in the city and the purchase of electric utility vehicles (EUVs) are under consideration.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.enm.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B97941C7E-666C-4328-9370-1A15F984EEE3%7D/uploads/%7BED2C671B-63D6-430F-9A36-83DF5F9E3C80%7D.PDF

For more information contact:
Mark Nagel (City staff)   |   mnagel@ci.enm.mn.us   |   952-461-2777

Partners:
Dick's Sanitation

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Hutchinson

Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
The City of Hutchinson has planted over 30 acres of native prairie on City land, and has used its expertise to assist community members in planting native prairie on private land as well.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

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Isanti

Date action report first entered:   02/12/2016
Date of last report update:   02/12/2016

Implementation details:
The City manages a city compost site for residential yard waste. The City will also implement a community garden compost unit in Spring 2016 for garden waste. The City has an annual clean-up day where residents can bring in recyclables to dispose of.

For more information contact:
Josi Wood (City staff)   |   jwood@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

Partners:
East Central Sanitation for annual clean-up day.

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Mankato

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2014

Implementation details:
A specialized management plan for Rasmussen Woods Nature Area was designed and adopted in 2012 after open houses to solicit comments from interested residents and frequent park users. The management plan emphasizes maintenance of the area as a natural area, with only absolute minimal intervention by City staff, such as using recycled wood chips for trail areas, to help keep the woods area as its original donors had intended as a natural area for the community to enjoy in its natural state.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/upload/images/PublicWorks/Management%20Plan.pdf

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
Yes, the City has incorporated native plants into the landscape of our parks, the Community Center, and along significant roadway corridors like Highway 96. The City is looking into capturing more stormwater for irrigation needs in the future.

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Warren

Date action report first entered:   02/14/2014

Implementation details:
Develop play space in existing city park to make parks more attractive for young families to utilixe park space.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Reduce park upkeep expense by making play space more natural and utlizing native materials and putting down wood chips to cut down mowing of park space.

Descriptive links: Develop new play space into existing city park.

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

Partners:
MN Extension for park playing space planning and drawings.

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greenstep advisor
Jenna Fletcher, Program Director, Trust for Public Land: 651-999-5306, Jenna.Fletcher@tpl.org, https://www.tpl.org/our-work/minnesota