Royal Oak City Parks Too Soft to Mow

If the tall grass in some of the city parks has you frustrated, help is on the way—but not until May.

The grass is greener—and taller—on the other side of the street this spring. If you live next to a city park, have patience. Mowers will be arriving soon.

Spring has blossomed early in the City of Royal Oak and the grass in the parks is coming up fast. The is asking residents to be patient with those charged with maintaining park landscapes,noting that they mostly are college students working their way through school as part-time summer staff. They are not available for lawn cutting until May. 

"[We want to] thank the City of Royal Oak residents for their patience as the growing season has started early.  Our main focus will be mowing baseball diamonds and soccer fields. In early May, we’ll be staffed to cut more park areas,” said Greg Rassel, director of recreation and public services.

Rassel noted the City has made some early attempts to use heavy equipment in the parks but the ground is still too wet and soft.  

"Our mowers just sink in,”  Rassel said.

Rob K April 05, 2012 at 12:34 PM
This is a joke, right? I have shopping centers, office parks, and vacant land that I manage, and we are mowing! You simply cannot wait to do this as is reflects POORLY on the city's overall appearance. Dear Royal Oak, you are in competition with every other city around you to attract population and business. Let's try to keep up here...
The Duke of Royal Oak April 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM
With the state of most city's economical situations, I feel that people can show some patience with the grass being cut on city property. We all have to remeber what is truly a priority in our city services. I do not think Royal Oak has to worry about competition. I wonder how some would have survived the Gret Depression! Now is not a time to critisize the Park Department, I feel they have done a SUPERIOR job over the past few years with fewer workers. Congatulations Mr. Rassel and his deaprtments.
Rob K April 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
DT - I agree that the parks and service dept does a great job with the resources they have, and I appreciate them spreading the word that they recognize the issue, and will take care of it as soon as they can. If I received an ordinance violation, I cannot tell the city that the person who cuts my lawn is still in school. Let's just hope the grass doesn't breach that height...
Sully April 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The city doesn't have the money for this city service because all their resources go towards babysitting the drunks in the downtown!! This is complete BS! I've lived in this city for over 40 years, near a neighborhood park, and it has been mowed in April without the mowers sinking in. Ferndale is mowing all their parks. All Royal Oak cares about is its downtown. To hell with its neighborhoods.
Theodore Page April 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
If you feel strongly about our parks then lets pitch-in and help! April 21st is our City wide park clean-up day. Adopt a park and help keep our city beautiful. If you have a weed wackerr or other lawn care equipment I am sure that Greg Rassel's department would appreciate your help. Pitch in Royal Oak; This is OUR City!
Rob K April 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Theodore, I just checked into that program, and will participate! It is amazing what people come up with when resources are limited.


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