We would like to give a shout out to the Springfield Park District Maintenance Department. They are a huge help in implementing the Park District’s Mission to preserve the parks for the future, everyday! Thank you for your dedication to the Park District and the environment!
The Maintenance Department has helped to install a new playground surface in our parks, called Fibar. Fibar is engineered wood fiber, and composed of shredded wood pallets. By shredding the pallets, it creates a softer material to help protect from falls. The pieces are also cut into squares that helps to prevent injuries. Because Fibar is created from repurposed wood, it’s better for the environment as it decays slower.
Some other ways the Maintenance Department helps to provide safer and environmentally friendly parks are: • Collect trash that has been littered in the parks as well as collect trash in the water ways to help our fish and duck population.
• Continue to add riprap to water ways to preserve shorelines, preventing erosion and weed growth. We also add grass seed to bare spots to ensure future growth to the open park spaces. • When possible, use green products such as graffiti remover that is environmentally friendly, cleaning supplies that leave more of a green foot print and paper towels made from recycled content.
Here are some pictures of Fibar and of our crew, doing what they do best… keeping the Park District parks thriving!
El Parque Pumalín comenzó a formarse en el año 1992, con la adquisición de grandes extensiones de tierras, con el objeto de proteger el bosque templado lluvioso. El 19 de Agosto de 2005, el entonces Presidente Ricardo Lagos, designó el Parque Pumalín como Santuario de la Naturaleza, otorgándole protección oficial, asegurando su conservación. Este 26 y 29 de abril se concreta el traspaso del Parque Nacional Pumalín Douglas Tompkins y el Parque Nacional Patagonia al Estado de Chile. Estamos ayudando a crear parques nacionales. El trabajo sigue. /
Pumalín Park began its formation in 1992 with the acquisition of large tracts of temperate rainforest. By 1998, Pumalín had grown to 283,000 hectares. On August 19, 2005, President Ricardo Lagos gave Pumalín Park the designation of nature sanctuary, granting it the official protection which would ensure its conservation. This April 26th and 29th, we are handing over Pumalín Douglas Tompkins National Park and Patagonia National Park to the Chilean state. We are helping to create national parks. The work continues.