Glenview Park Golf Club Converts Grass to its Native State
The Glenview Park Golf Club and the Glenview Park District are converting small areas of land to its native state in order to increase the environmental benefits for our community.
One of the park district’s guiding principles is Environmental Sustainability and Preservation. The Glenview Park Golf Club is bringing this principle to life by converting manicured grass to its native state. Some patches of grass adjacent to the course is intentionally being left unmowed and these spaces will become naturalized areas over time.
This green initiative allows for improved air quality as the exhaust pollutants that are produced by mowers will no longer be released in these areas. The conservation of maintenance resources such as gas usage and fertilizer is another positive that comes out of this project. While those resources are reallocated to different areas the man hours spent on these areas can also be put towards other parts of the Glenview Park District that need more help. Between these efforts and the recent installment of monarch habitats throughout the course, grassland birds and pollinators will be provided more homes. This environmentally sustainable project is helping to protect the environment from further damage and aiding in its defense.
“The additional benefit of reduced mowing in these areas is that it allows for plants with a deeper root system to grow, which will help lower stormwater runoff and encourage water infiltration into the soil” Park Planner Ken Wexler comments.
By reducing mowing in these areas, pollutants are more easily filtered out, which improves overall water quality in Glenview. The conversion of manicured grass to its native state will be utilized by the Glenview Park District throughout 2021 and into the future.