Parks and Open Space department focuses on keeping Oakville beautiful

Thursday, March 29, 2012 – for immediate release

Parks and Open Space department focuses on keeping Oakville beautiful

Close your eyes and think about Oakville. What do you see? Do you imagine trees and parks, one of the town’s harbours or a busy sports field? The Parks and Open Space department is responsible for all of these iconic Oakville features. Keeping them beautiful, through maintenance and protection, is just one of the department’s many responsibilities highlighted by director Chris Mark in his presentation to Council on Monday night.

“We all want a clean and green Oakville, and our Parks and Open Space staff make this happen,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “They plant our trees, maintain our playgrounds and playing fields, lay the foundation for new parks and protect our tree canopy from such threats as the Emerald Ash Borer.”

Parks maintenance staff provides maintenance and winter control for Oakville’s 150 kilometres of trails, pathways, bridges and stairs as well as parking lots at community centres, arenas and senior centres. They also coordinate turf management for 200 neighbourhood parks, 140 playgrounds, 75 tennis courts and 62 soccer fields.

Leaders in the fight against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation that is destroying Oakville’s ash tree canopy, forestry staff are managing Canada’s most aggressive EAB treatment program, which includes bi-annual treatment of more than 6,000 public ash trees. Harbours staff provides marine services for the town’s two harbours, including more than 500 mooring slips. Cemetery maintenance staff cares for one active and seven historic pioneer properties, while the park planning and development team is always looking to design or rehabilitate Oakville parklands and infrastructure.

The Parks and Open Space department also provides turf maintenance on Oakville’s regional roads and all Halton District School Board sites. It conducts annual removal of tree branches around electrical wires for Oakville Hydro and in partnership with the local Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), manages horticultural beautification programs in downtown Oakville and the Kerr Street and Bronte shopping areas.

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Media contact

Chris Mark
Director, Parks and Open Space
905-845-6601, ext. 3111
cmark@oakville.ca 

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Parks and Open Space department focuses on keeping Oakville beautiful