Weed control in parks and open spaces

Annual Weed Control Program

Strathcona County carries out an annual program to control weeds in parks and open spaces. The goal is to control noxious weeds, provide safe and healthy turf and protect trees and shrubs.

Control measures include mechanical trimming, removal of weeds by hand and the application of herbicide. 

Safety precautions

All pesticides have been approved by Health Canada, Pest Management Regulatory Agency and Alberta Government, and will be applied under the supervision of workers who are provincially licensed.

Timing of treatment

  • Control measures on school grounds will be undertaken when schools are closed.
  • Herbicide application will be used during the day or early morning when the winds are generally light.
  • The times and dates of treatment will depend on weather.

Chemical sensitivity

If you or anyone in your household is sensitive to chemical sprays and you live near a park or boulevard, contact the Turf Development Supervisor at 780-464-8493 to register to be notified of spraying in your area or to establish a no spraying zone.

Watch for signs

We recommend that people avoid the use of newly sprayed areas for 48 hours after treatment. Before each application, specific notices for a six-week period will appear in the newspaper and on the Strathcona County website. Signs will be posted at major public entrances displaying the date, time, herbicide applied, when it is appropriate for people to re-enter the area, and a phone number for information.

  • Between May 1, 2019 and June 19, 2019 Strathcona County will carry out the first phase of its annual program.

    Non-selective herbicide

    Premier Areas: Broadmoor Lake Park and plaza, Peace Park, Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre, RPC Administration Building, Festival Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Heartland Hall, Millennium Place Hard Surfaces and Skate park, Parks Compound, RCMP Grounds and Sherwood Park Museum.

    • Shrub beds and Boulevards in: Strathcona Athletic Park, Millennium Place, Glen Allan, Center in the Park, Broadmoor, Ardrossan, SPSY, Centennial Park, Baseline Road, Craigavon, Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Heights, Davidson Creek, Lakeland Ridge, Strathcona Village, Durham Town Square, Foxboro, Heritage Hills, Heritage Highlands, Fountain Creek Estates, Balmoral Heights, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Charlton Heights, and Summerwood.
       
    • Tree Wells on: Broadmoor Boulevard, Sherwood Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Baseline Road, Wye Road, Granada Boulevard, Lakeland Drive, and Broadview Road.
       
    • Rural Shale Diamonds: Antler Lake, Deville North Cooking Lake, Colchester Hall, Brookville and Josephburg.
       
    • BMX Park on Broadview Road.
       
    • Aggregate Trails.

     

    Selective herbicide

    • Up to 1 meter line surrounding water bodies, streams, and retention ponds: Craigavon Meadows Wetlands, Foxhaven Park, Foxboro Lake Park, Cascade Park, Centennial Park, Centennial Wetlands, Costco Retention Pond, Florian Park, Greengrove Park, Summerwood Lake & Lazy Stream, Broadmoor Lake Park, Stannard Family Environment Reserve, Millennium Place Athletic Park, Heritage Hills Park, Ardrossan Retention Pond, Ardrossan Creekside, Clover Bar Ranch Lake Park, Clarkdale Meadows Lake, Eastgate Lake park, Fountain Creek Lake Park, Fountain Creek Retention Pond, Village on the Lake, Village on the Lake Outfall, Woodbridge Lake Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sport Field Park, Balmoral Lake Park, Gateway Retention Pond, Herb Belcourt Park, Dawson Drive Natural Area, Road King Retention Pond, Ash Street Storm Water Management Facility, Granada Natural Area, Sandpiper Park, Campbell Park, Cranford Way Retention Pond, Summerwood Creek, Davidson Creek Park, Davison Creek Retention Pond, Heritage Hills Retention Pond, Broadmoor retention Pond
       
    • Arterial Natural Areas: Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Blvd, Broadmoor Blvd, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Granada Blvd, Lakeland Drive, Main Blvd, Oak Street, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Other Areas include: Broadmoor Public Golf Course, Baseline Clock Tower, Kinsmen/Westboro Park, 15th Street Park, 17th Street Park, Woodbridge Ravine, Merryvale Park, Malvern Park, Cottonwood Park, Brassie Point Park, Lakeland Ridge Park, Garland Park, Nottingham Green Park, Upper Nottingham Park, Viewpoint Park, McPherson Park, Summerwood Urban Forrest, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Ridge South Park, Sherwood Hills Estates Park, Sherwood Park Natural Areas
       
    • Dandelions will be sprayed for in the following areas: Big Cypress Park, Little Cypress Park, Privet Park, Robinhood Park, Big Willow Park, Little Willow Park, Cottonwood Park, Meadowood Park, Maywood Park, Circlewood Park, Peacock Park, Poinciana Court Island, Mcpherson Park, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sportsfield Park, Sherwood Drive, Cloverbar Road, Bethel Drive, Bothwell Drive, Colwill Boulevard, Regency Drive, Estate Drive, Broadway Boulevard, Wes Lake Beach Community Grounds, Hastings Lake Community Grounds, Lakeview Sail Grounds, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, Brookeville Hall, RCMP Grounds, Strathcona Station

     

  • Between June 20 and August 7, 2019, Strathcona County will carry out the second phase of its annual program .

    Non-selective herbicide

    • Arterial road center meridians, pork chops and islands:  Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood   Boulevard, Broadmoor Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Fir Street/Bus Stop, Granada Boulevard, Oak Street, Main Blvd, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Premier Areas: Broadmoor Lake Park and Plaza, Peace Park, Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre, RPC Administration Building, Festival Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Heartland Hall, Millennium Place Hard Surfaces and Skate park, Parks Compound, RCMP Grounds and Sherwood Park Museum.
       
    • Shrub beds and Boulevards in: Strathcona Athletic Park, Millennium Place, Glen Allan, Center in the Park, Broadmoor, Ardrossan, SPSY, Centennial Park, Baseline Road, Craigavon, Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Heights, Davidson Creek, Lakeland Ridge, Strathcona Village, Durham Town Square, Foxboro, Heritage Hills, Heritage Highlands, Fountain Creek Estates, Balmoral Heights, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Charlton Heights, and Summerwood.
       
    • Tree Wells on: Broadmoor Boulevard, Sherwood Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Baseline Road, Wye Road, Granada Boulevard, Lakeland Drive, and Broadview Road.
       
    • BMX Park on Broadview Road.
       
    • Aggregate Trails.

     

    Selective herbicide

    • Up to 1 meter line surrounding water bodies, streams, and retention ponds: Craigavon Meadows Wetlands, Foxhaven Park, Foxboro Lake Park, Cascade Park, Centennial Park, Centennial Wetlands, Costco Retention Pond, Florian Park, Greengrove Park, Summerwood Lake & Lazy Stream, Broadmoor Lake Park, Stannard Family Environment Reserve, Millennium Place Athletic Park, Heritage Hills Park, Ardrossan Retention Pond, Ardrossan Creekside, Clover Bar Ranch Lake Park, Clarkdale Meadows Lake, Eastgate Lake park, Fountain Creek Lake Park, Fountain Creek Retention Pond, Village on the Lake, Village on the Lake Outfall, Woodbridge Lake Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sport Field Park, Balmoral Lake Park, Gateway Retention Pond, Herb Belcourt Park, Dawson Drive Natural Area, Road King Retention Pond, Ash Street Storm Water Management Facility, Granada Natural Area, Sandpiper Park, Campbell Park, Cranford Way Retention Pond, Summerwood Creek, Davidson Creek Park, Davison Creek Retention Pond, Heritage Hills Retention Pond, Broadmoor retention Pond
       
    • Arterial Natural Areas: Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Blvd, Broadmoor Blvd, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Granada Blvd, Lakeland Drive, Main Blvd, Oak Street, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Other Areas include: Broadmoor Public Golf Course, Baseline Clock Tower, Kinsmen/Westboro Park, 15th Street Park, 17th Street Park, Woodbridge Ravine, Merryvale Park, Malvern Park, Cottonwood Park, Brassie Point Park, Lakeland Ridge Park, Garland Park, Nottingham Green Park, Upper Nottingham Park, Viewpoint Park, McPherson Park, Summerwood Urban Forrest, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Ridge South Park, Sherwood Hills Estates Park, Sherwood Park Natural Area
       
    • Halls/ Centres: Ardrossan Athletic Park, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Ardrossan Senior Centre, Ardrossan Memorial Hall, Antler Lake Community Hall, Antler Lake Community Grounds, Brookville Community Grounds, Chamber of Commerce/ Tourist Centre, Colchester Community Hall, Deville/North Cooking Lake Community Hall, Fultonvale Park, Garden Park, Good Hope Community Hall, Hastings Lake Community Hall, Josephburg Fire hall, Ottewell Barn Grounds, Partridge Hall Community Hall, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, South Cooking Lake Day Use Park, Wes Lake Beach Park, Whitecroft Community Hall, Wye community Hall
       
    • Dandelions will be sprayed for in the following areas: Big Cypress Park, Little Cypress Park, Privet Park, Robinhood Park, Big Willow Park, Little Willow Park, Cottonwood Park, \Meadowood Park, Maywood Park, Circlewood Park, Peacock Park, Poinciana Court Island, Mcpherson Park, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sportsfield Park, Sherwood Drive, Cloverbar Road, Bethel Drive, Bothwell Drive, Colwill Boulevard, Regency Drive, Estate Drive, Broadway Boulevard, Wes Lake Beach Community Grounds, Hastings Lake Community Grounds, Lakeview Sail Grounds, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, Brookeville Hall, RCMP Grounds, Strathcona Station, Pine Street School, Sherwood Heights School, OLPH School, Campbelltown School, Brentwood School, Bev Facey School, FKK School, Next Step Junior High School, Herb Belcourt Park, Baseline Road, Broadmoor Blvd, Wye Road, Brassie Point, Fairway Crescent, Clover Bar Ranch Park
  • Between August 8, 2019 and September 18, 2019, Strathcona County will carry out the third phase of its annual program.

    Non-selective herbicide

    • Arterial road center meridians, pork chops, and islands:  Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Broadmoor Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Fir Street/Bus Stop, Granada Boulevard, Oak Street, Main Blvd, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Premier Areas: Broadmoor Lake Park and plaza, Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre, RPC Administration Building, Festival Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Heartland Hall, Millennium Place Hard Surfaces and Skate park, Parks Compound, RCMP Grounds and Sherwood Park Museum.
       
    • Shrub beds and Boulevards in: Strathcona Athletic Park, Millennium Place, Glen Allan, Center in the Park, Broadmoor, Ardrossan, SPSY, Centennial Park, Baseline Road, Craigavon, Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Heights, Davidson Creek, Lakeland Ridge, Strathcona Village, Durham Town Square, Foxboro, Heritage Hills, Heritage Highlands, Fountain Creek Estates, Balmoral Heights, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Charlton Heights, and Summerwood.
       
    • Tree Wells on: Broadmoor Boulevard, Sherwood Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Baseline Road, Wye Road, Granada Boulevard, Lakeland Drive, and Broadview Road.
       
    • Community Halls.
       
    • BMX Park off Broadview Road.
       
    • Aggregate Trails.

    Selective herbicide

    • Up to 1 meter line surrounding water bodies, streams, and retention ponds: Craigavon Meadows Wetlands, Foxhaven Park, Foxboro Lake Park, Cascade Park, Centennial Park, Centennial Wetlands, Costco Retention Pond, Florian Park, Greengrove Park, Summerwood Lake & Lazy Stream, Broadmoor Lake Park, Stannard Family Environment Reserve, Millennium Place Athletic Park, Heritage Hills Park, Ardrossan Retention Pond, Ardrossan Creekside, Clover Bar Ranch Lake Park, Clarkdale Meadows Lake, Eastgate Lake park, Fountain Creek Lake Park, Fountain Creek Retention Pond, Village on the Lake, Village on the Lake Outfall, Woodbridge Lake Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sport Field Park, Balmoral Lake Park, Gateway Retention Pond, Herb Belcourt Park, Dawson Drive Natural Area, Road King Retention Pond, Ash Street Storm Water Management Facility, Granada Natural Area, Sandpiper Park, Campbell Park, Cranford Way Retention Pond, Summerwood Creek, Davidson Creek Park, Davison Creek Retention Pond, Heritage Hills Retention Pond, Broadmoor retention Pond
       
    • Arterial Natural Areas: Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Blvd, Broadmoor Blvd, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Granada Blvd, Lakeland Drive, Main Blvd, Oak Street, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Other Areas include: Broadmoor Public Golf Course, Baseline Clock Tower, Kinsmen/Westboro Park, 15th Street Park, 17th Street Park, Woodbridge Ravine, Merryvale Park, Malvern Park, Cottonwood Park, Brassie Point Park, Lakeland Ridge Park, Garland Park, Nottingham Green Park, Upper Nottingham Park, Viewpoint Park, McPherson Park, Summerwood Urban Forrest, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Ridge South Park, Sherwood Hills Estates Park, Sherwood Natural Area, Josephburg Gymkhana, Josephburg Park, St. Luke’s School, Energy Centre, Ardrossan Athletic Park, Archbishop Jordan, New Horizon’s, Balmoral Heights, Fountain Creek, Fultonvale Rodeo Grounds, Gillies Park, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Parker Park, Village Athletic Park, Westboro School, Woodbridge, Wye School
       
    • Halls/ Centres: Ardrossan Athletic Park, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Ardrossan Senior Centre, Ardrossan Memorial Hall, Antler Lake Community Hall, Antler Lake Community Grounds, Brookville Community Grounds, Chamber of Commerce/ Tourist Centre, Colchester Community Hall, Deville/North Cooking Lake Community Hall, Fultonvale Park, Garden Park, Good Hope Community Hall, Hastings Lake Community Hall, Josephburg Fire hall, Ottewell Barn Grounds, Partridge Hall Community Hall, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, South Cooking Lake Day Use Park, Wes Lake Beach Park, Whitecroft Community Hall, Wye Community Hall
       
    • Dandelions will be sprayed for in the following areas: Big Cypress Park, Little Cypress Park, Privet Park, Robinhood Park, Big Willow Park, Little Willow Park, Cottonwood Park, \Meadowood Park, Maywood Park, Circlewood Park, Peacock Park, Poinciana Court Island, Mcpherson Park, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sportsfield Park, Sherwood Drive, Cloverbar Road, Bethel Drive, Bothwell Drive, Colwill Boulevard, Regency Drive, Estate Drive, Broadway Boulevard, Wes Lake Beach Community Grounds, Hastings Lake Community Grounds, Lakeview Sail Grounds, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, Brookeville Hall, RCMP Grounds, Strathcona Station, Pine Street School, Sherwood Heights School, OLPH School, Campbelltown School, Brentwood School, Bev Facey School, FKK School, Next Step Junior High School, Woodbridge Farms Elementary School, Herb Belcourt Park, Baseline Road, Broadmoor Blvd, Wye Road, Brassie Point, Fairway Crescent, Clover Bar Ranch Park

     

  • Between September 19, 2019 and October 30, 2019, Strathcona County will carry out the fourth phase of its annual program.

    Non-selective herbicide

    • Arterial road centre meridians, bus stops, and islands:  Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Broadmoor Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Fir Street/Bus Stop, Granada Boulevard, Oak Street, Main Blvd, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Premier Areas: Broadmoor Lake Park and plaza, Sherwood Park Arena and Sports centre, RPC Administration Building, Festival Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Heartland Hall, Millennium Place Hard Surfaces and Skatepark, Parks Compound, RCMP Grounds and Sherwood Park Museum.
       
    • Hard Surfaces: Ardrossan Athletic Park/Recreation Complex, Baseline Road Recycle, Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Centre, Fultonvale Rodeo Grounds/Strathcona Olympiette Centre, Maplewood Shopping Centre P.U.L., Viewpoint Park, Ottewell Barn Grounds, and Strathcona Heritage Museum.
       
    • Shrub beds and Boulevards in: Strathcona Athletic Park, Millennium Place, Glen Allan, Centre in the Park, Broadmoor, Ardrossan, SPSY, Centennial Park, Baseline Road, Craigavon, Broadmoor Golf Course, Sherwood Heights, Davidson Creek, Lakeland Ridge, Strathcona Village, Durham Town Square, Foxboro, Heritage Hills, Heritage Highlands, Fountain Creek Estates, Balmoral Heights, Maplewood, Maple Grove, Charlton Heights, and Summerwood.
       
    • Tree Wells on: Broadmoor Boulevard, Sherwood Drive, Brentwood Boulevard, Clover Bar Road, Baseline Road, Wye Road, Granada Boulevard, Lakeland Drive, and Broadview Road.
       
    • BMX Park on Broadview Road.
       
    • Aggregate Trails.
       
    • Walkways in: Clover Bar Ranch, Clarkdale Meadows, Heritage Hills, Craigavon, Brentwood, Nottingham, Village on the Lake, Woodbridge, and Westboro.

     

    Selective herbicide

    • Up to 1 meter line surrounding water bodies, streams, and retention ponds: Craigavon Meadows Wetlands, Foxhaven Park, Foxboro Lake Park, Cascade Park, Centennial Park, Centennial Wetlands, Costco Retention Pond, Florian Park, Greengrove Park, Summerwood Lake & Lazy Stream, Broadmoor Lake Park, Stannard Family Environment Reserve, Millennium Place Athletic Park, Heritage Hills Park, Ardrossan Retention Pond, Ardrossan Creekside, Clover Bar Ranch Lake Park, Clarkdale Meadows Lake, Eastgate Lake park, Fountain Creek Lake Park, Fountain Creek Retention Pond, Village on the Lake, Village on the Lake Outfall, Woodbridge Lake Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sport Field Park, Balmoral Lake Park, Gateway Retention Pond, Herb Belcourt Park, Dawson Drive Natural Area, Road King Retention Pond, Ash Street Storm Water Management Facility, Granada Natural Area, Sandpiper Park, Campbell Park, Cranford Way Retention Pond, Summerwood Creek, Davidson Creek Park, Davison Creek Retention Pond, Heritage Hills Retention Pond, Broadmoor Retention Pond
       
    • Arterial Natural Areas: Baseline Road, Bethel Drive, Brentwood Blvd, Broadmoor Blvd, Clover Bar Road, Festival Way, Granada Blvd, Lakeland Drive, Main Blvd, Oak Street, Sherwood Drive, and Wye Road.
       
    • Other Areas include: Broadmoor Public Golf Course, Baseline Clock Tower, Kinsmen/Westboro Park, 15th Street Park, 17th Street Park, Woodbridge Ravine, Merryvale Park, Malvern Park, Cottonwood Park, Brassie Point Park, Lakeland Ridge Park, Garland Park, Nottingham Green Park, Upper Nottingham Park, Viewpoint Park, McPherson Park, Summerwood Urban Forrest, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Ridge South Park, Sherwood Hills Estates Park, Sherwood Park Natural Area, Josephburg Gymkhana, Josephburg Park, St. Luke’s School, Energy Centre, Ardrossan Athletic Park, Archbishop Jordan, New Horizon’s, Balmoral Heights, Fountain Creek, Fultonvale Rodeo Grounds, Gillies Park, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Parker Park, Village Athletic Park, Westboro School, Woodbridge, Wye School
       
    • Halls/ Centres: Ardrossan Athletic Park, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Ardrossan Senior Centre, Ardrossan Memorial Hall, Antler Lake Community Hall, Antler Lake Community Grounds, Brookville Community Grounds, Chamber of Commerce/ Tourist Centre, Colchester Community Hall, Deville/North Cooking Lake Community Hall, Fultonvale Park, Garden Park, Good Hope Community Hall, Hastings Lake Community Hall, Josephburg Fire hall, Ottewell Barn Grounds, Partridge Hall Community Hall, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, South Cooking Lake Day Use Park, Wes Lake Beach Park, Whitecroft Community Hall, Wye Community Hall
       
    • Dandelions will be sprayed for in the following areas: Big Cypress Park, Little Cypress Park, Privet Park, Robinhood Park, Big Willow Park, Little Willow Park, Cottonwood Park, \Meadowood Park, Maywood Park, Circlewood Park, Peacock Park, Poinciana Court Island, Mcpherson Park, Regency Park, Ridge North Park, Estates of Sherwood Park Sportsfield Park, Sherwood Drive, Cloverbar Road, Bethel Drive, Bothwell Drive, Colwill Boulevard, Regency Drive, Estate Drive, Broadway Boulevard, Wes Lake Beach Community Grounds, Hastings Lake Community Grounds, Lakeview Sail Grounds, Sherwood Community Hall Grounds, Brookeville Hall, RCMP Grounds, Strathcona Station, Woodbridge Farms Elementary School, Herb Belcourt Park, Baseline Road, Broadmoor Blvd, Wye Road, Brassie Point, Fairway Crescent, Clover Bar Ranch Park

For questions about weed control in parks and urban open spaces, contact:
Turf Development Supervisor
780-464-8493

Written inquiries may be sent to:

Attention: Turf Development Supervisor
Strathcona County Recreation, Parks and Culture
47 Broadview Road
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 2R4

Last updated: Monday, April 29, 2019
Page ID: 39555