Ken Wexler, Park Planner, Glenview Park District, IL
Ken Wexler, the park planner for Glenview Park District, credits a Park Board member and the Superintendent of Parks for leading the adoption and implementation of the Park District’s current IPM program. The IPM program adheres to two of the Park District’s guiding principles of providing safe parks and contributing to environmental stewardship.
“To provide a safe park, we wanted to get a better handle on what products we were using and what we were exposing the public too,” said Wexler.
To get a better handle, Glenview Park District had each facility take an inventory of pesticide products by recording the product name, active ingredient and the EPA signal word. the district eliminated the most toxic products (e.g. signal words of DANGER or WARNING) after taking inventory.
“I think our staff appreciates that we are working with products with less toxicity,” said Wexler.
The district has replaced the more toxic products with safer organic, such as Phydura and Avenger, and EPA Reduced Risk alternatives. This step has helped Wexler implement NLC for approximately 90 to 95 percent of Glenview parks.
“There’s always room for improvement and we’re always looking for ways to improve,” Wexler explained. “We’re not there yet, but we’re trying to stay on the right path.”