According to this article in the Star Tribune, Burnsville is setting aside up to $10,000 to restore a hillside in Civic Center Park to its native state.
From the article:
Between $8,000 and $10,000 will be devoted to the project, Jacobson said, adding that it will pay for itself in 7 to 10 years due to savings in the cost of mowing, watering and weed control.
City staff members still shake their heads in disbelief at the memory of Mayor Elizabeth Kautz pulling weeds last year along one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
It’s as if the Strib read my mind. I was driving Dodd in Lakeville just yesterday morning thinking about how good all the lots looked with wildflowers blooming and grasses left to return to their unmowed state. I wondered why we haven’t been doing this forever and was going to do a bit of research on it and possibly use it as a poll post next week. Then I read that the Queen Mayor of Burnsville herself was acting like a simpleton and was pulling weeds because she presumably didn’t like the way it looked. Seriously?! These abandoned lots look far better with colorful plants all over them than mowed grass. Why are cities even thinking about bringing funds back into their budgets to allow for mowing again?
Do you think cities should save money and just let area go back to growing wildflowers? Do you think they look nice or would you prefer mowed areas instead? How about spending money on these areas such as what Burnsville is doing? Should they just let it all happen naturally or should the process be encouraged with tax dollars? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say!