Other Parks services
Park Maintenance and Mowing
Council has a range of scheduled maintenance programs to enhance the Hawkesbury area. This cyclic program includes mowing public parks, sports field and cemeteries, collection of parks/public street bins and the cleaning of public toilets. The works schedule listed is subject to weather conditions and other competing priorities.
Who mows the grass?
Most of Council’s parks and reserves, pedestrian laneways, cemeteries and road side slashing are mown by a combination of Council staff and contractors. All sports grounds are mown by contractors working for Hawkesbury Sports Council.
Where does Council mow?
- all park land
- sports fields
- some nature strips - Council will slash one slasher width from the edge of the seal in rural areas where needed to ensure adequate vehicle sight distance.
How often is each site mown?
Council aims for a two to three week turn around for all mowing in urban areas, with the frequency changing to suit the season and growth patterns of the grass. This is subject to weather conditions and other priorities. High profile areas are mown more frequently. (What is a high profile area?)
Mowing of parks in outlying areas and the slashing of rural road verges are undertaken as required.
Sports grounds are generally mown more frequently than park areas to meet the requirements of the particular groups using the grounds. The grass is cut shorter in summer for cricket than in winter for soccer and rugby.
How often is a park mown in wet weather?
Access to grass areas may not be possible for mowing equipment after periods of rain, as it can damage the turf or become bogged. Sites can also become slippery and unsafe for equipment operators.
The combination of rain and warm weather also encourages faster grass growth, compounding the problem. If visits are missed due to wet weather, attempts are made to make up the visit at a later date. If rain continues, this may not be possible and the site may not be visited until the next scheduled visit.
What equipment is used to maintain the grass?
Staff operate a variety of equipment including ride-on mowers, hand mowers and whipper-snippers. Tractor mowers are used for the ‘broadacre’ mowing and road side slashing.
Due to the small size of the Parks Department, our priority in the growing season is to mow a park and then move on to the next one. When time allows and/or in the cooler months, whipper-snippers are used to tidy edges. Blowers are used when needed to clear pathways of any grass clippings.
What does Council not mow?
Council does not mow residential footpaths. Council relies on the goodwill of property owners and occupiers to maintain the grassed footpaths and nature strips in front of private, commercial or industrial property. This allows ratepayer funds to be better directed to other community services.
Council provides around 36 public toilet facilities and 23 sporting toilet facilities across the City. Scheduled cleaning of public toilets varies from daily to once weekly (Monday to Friday) depending on their location.
High-use toilets (e.g. Ham Common, Richmond Park) are also cleaned on the weekends and public holidays.
To locate a public toilet in the Hawkesbury Local Government Area or for information on public toilets throughout Australia, please visit the National Public Toilet Map. This map provides accessibility details and opening hours for all public toilets.
To report a damaged or vandalised Council toilet or one that requires cleaning, please contact Council’s Customer Service Section on (02) 4560 4444.
Public litter bins
Public litter bins in parks, reserves and town centres are emptied on a scheduled program ranging from seven days a week to once a week, depending on their location.
Public litter bins in high-use areas (such as those in the main shopping strips of Windsor, Richmond and South Windsor) are also emptied on Saturdays and Sundays.
Both Council and the Hawkesbury Sports Council have a regular spraying program for broad leaf weeds, including bindis, as well as spraying along fence lines and edges to help with our mowing programs.
In relation to the management of general park land, due to the large number of parks and reserves within the Hawkesbury area, not all reserves can be sprayed for broad leaf weeds. Priorities go to regional and district parks.
All spraying is in accordance to Council’s ‘Pesticide Notification Plan’. For further information on the pesticide Notification Plan, please click here
Boat Ramps and Jettys
Council has a formal boat ramp at Governor Phillip Park, Windsor that is open 24hrs. This gives boats access to the Hawkesbury River. Please note that the Park is closed to boating up to five times a year due to major boating events like the Bridge to Bridge. The dates of these closures are advertised prior to the events.
Council has three canoe access jetties located at: Macquarie Park, Freemans Reach; Hanna Park, North Richmond and Colo Park, Colo. These give access to the Hawkesbury and Colo Rivers.(attached is a photo of the Governor Phillip Park boat ramp)
Other maintenance works
Council carries out other maintenance works in parks and reserves throughout the year, such as:
- playground maintenance of Councils 63 playgrounds
- maintenance of Council’s roadside/car park garden beds
- minor repairs to Council assets around public open space
- Tree maintenance (for further information click here)
Report damage to trees, park toilets and park equipment
Make a customer request through the Council website or contact Council to report damage in a park, including:
- dead, diseased or fallen trees
- damage to seats, tables, barbecues, water fountains and playground equipment
- dumping of rubbish
- used needles and syringes, and
- toilets facilities not working.
To report an urgent issue, such as a fallen or hanging branch which is dangerous, contact Council on (02) 4560 4444.
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