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Park Maintenance

Sport Field

The Parks Department is responsible for maintaining over 2,130 hectares of parks, sport fields, naturalized areas and other open spaces throughout the city.  These spaces are diverse and comprised of both built and natural environments and therefore require a range of care and management techniques. 

Park and Open Space Maintenance 

Through this program turf areas are mowed and trimmed, shrub and flower beds are planted and maintained, garbage is removed and litter is picked up, pathways are maintained and cleared and cross country ski trails are groomed.

 What you can expect from us

 Mowing (May 15 to Sept 15)
Litter pickups and line trimming occur in conjunction with summer mowing schedule.

Irrigated parks 1 time/week
Non-irrigated parks every 2 weeks
Roadway ditches, centre medians and
other right-of-ways
4-5 times/season
Berms 3 - 4 times/season
Circle Drive Corridor 3 times/season
(contracted maintenance)
Highway connectors 1 time/season to city limits
Front boulevards, alleys, back lanes and
slopes that exceed a 3:1 gradient
not mowed

Fertilization and Aeration
1 time/season on rotation

Waste Collection 
at minimum 1 time/week (May 15 to Oct 15), every 3 weeks (Oct 16 to May 14)

Shrub Beds (May 15 to Sept 15)

Tier 1:  park entrances, streetscapes, sign beds,
facilities and riverbank areas

8 times/season
Tier 2:  park frontages, irrigated park areas,
boulevards and centre medians
4 times/season
Tier 3:  bluffs, shelterbelts, buffers, flankages,
berms, right-of-ways and wetlands
1-2 times/season

Snow Clearing

Sidewalks adjacent to parks   within 48 hours of snowfall
All lighted parkways and some unlighted pathways within 48 hours of snowfall
Crusher dust pathways not cleared in non-naturalized parks


Sport Field Maintenance 

Sport field maintenance provides the staff, equipment and resources to maintain over 100 sport fields (Class 1, 2 and 3) which receive enhanced service levels to support higher levels of sporting competitions.  These enhanced service levels are funded by the fee-for-service agreements that are charged to the various user groups.  This program also includes winter snow removal from City-owned parking lots, park roadways and arenas, as well as management of contracted freeway/expressway mowing services.

 What you can expect from us

Mowing (May 15 to Sept 15)

Irrigated sport fields 1 time/week
Charge sport fields 2 times/week 

Infield Grooming & Safety Checks 

Class 1 fields daily
Class 2 fields 3 times/week
Class 3 fields 2 times/week

once in spring

Line Painting
2 times/year

Top-Dressing and Over-Seeding
once per season for charge sport fields

Fertilization and Aeration
2 times/season for charge sport fields

once every 4 years for charge sport fields

Snow Clearing - City-owned parking lots, park roadways and arenas
as needed

Irrigation Services 

Irrigation ensures that turf areas are healthy and lush to maintain the green appearance and functionality of the space.  Streetscapes and boulevards are irrigated to maintain trees, shrubs and other planting beds and provide water access points for flower pot and planting bed watering and street cleaning.

 What you can expect from us

Activation of irrigation Systems                                
begins in late April, with a targeted completion of June 1

Activation of charge sport fields                                  
activated and tested by May 1

Community gardens and areas under establishment                                
receive water between May 15 and June 1

Water Amounts (combination of precipitation and irrigation service)                                       

Class 1 & 2 sport fields 38mm/week, additional paid through user fees
Other irrigated turf areas

25mm/week, with some reductions based on evapotranspiration

Shut Off                                                                              
September 1, with the exception of sport fields

target date is October 15

Backflow prevention testing and required repairs                                                                              
approx. 400 double check valve assemblies done annually

Irrigation trouble reports                                             
investigated within 48 hours of receipt; safety or property flooding concerns are addressed immediately

Naturalized Area Management 

Naturalized areas are areas that have previously been disturbed and are constructed to simulate natural areas.  Naturalized parks represent a variety of habitats in Saskatoon from native prairie to wetlands and aspen parkland. Natural areas are those parks spaces that have not been previously disturbed and exist in their original state.

Naturalized areas are managed from turnover through establishment to sustainment.  They accommodate passive recreation opportunities and connect our citizens with nature and natural history.  They provide habitat for native species in our urban landscape and increase the biodiversity in park and open spaces. 

 What you can expect from us

Mowing (May 15 to Sept 15)                                      
up to 9 times/season for pathway flanks and park perimeters

Shrub Beds                                                                        
1-2 times/season

Waste Collection                
1 time/week (May 1 to Oct 15), every 3 weeks (Oct to Apr 30)

Litter Pick-Up – BBQ areas and parking lots         
daily from June 1 to Sept 1

Gravel Replenishment - pathways and parking lots

Snow Clearing

Sidewalks adjacent to parks within 48 hours of snowfall
All lighted parkways and approved crusher dust pathways within 48 hours of snowfall

Prescribed Fires
Spring and Fall as weather permits. See Prescribed Fires for more information.

Satellite Maintenance Sites

Parks has several satellite maintenance facilities located throughout the city in Lakewood, Peter Zakreski, Hampton Village, Hyde and Evergreen parks.  These facilities are intended to improve customer service and coordination of park maintenance, as well as provide storage for the equipment necessary to maintain new park areas.  

Weed Control

The City is committed to using the least toxic control methods wherever possible to control weeds and pests. The Parks Department maintains the health of sports fields and the turf in our parks to make these areas more resistant to weeds and to reduce the need for pesticides. Herbicides have not been used since 2004 to control broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions, on park turf and sports fields. Instead, Parks uses established cultural turf practices (i.e., mowing, fertilizing and irrigation where available) to improve the condition of turf areas and aeration and topdressing are also applied to sports fields. We are also exploring innovative park management practices in naturalized parks, such as controlled burns, haying and grazing, to reduce the need for pesticides, fertilizer and extensive watering.

When necessary, provincially licensed and trained Parks staff apply spot applications of herbicide to eliminate weeds in shrub beds, tree wells, and on hard surfaces such as asphalt pathways and concrete medians. Herbicides are also used to control noxious and prohibited weeds, and warning signs are placed in areas of herbicide application. 

The City has received many complaints regarding foxtail barley (foxtail), a type of native perennial grass designated as a nuisance weed under the Weed Control Act, 2010. In response, the City is managing current problem areas while educating developers and landowners on viable control techniques. To learn how to prevent and control foxtail, and other nuisance, noxious and prohibited weeds, visit Weed Control.

The City’s Mosquito Control Program no longer relies on chemical control products. Instead, a series of alternatives are used, including biological, mechanical and cultural controls.     

We also require that Community Gardens and Boulevard Gardens are pesticide-free. These gardeners use other practices, such as using mulch and compost, to maintain pesticide-free gardens. Visit our Be Pesticide Free and Healthy Yards webpages to learn more about how to create a healthy lawn and garden without the use of pesticides. 

Tree Maintenance

Maintenance of City-owned trees located on boulevards, centre medians and in parks is the responsibility of the Urban Forestry Section. For more information, visit Tree Maintenance & Inspections.