Trails & Green Space

weeds

Parks & Trails

Peace River is a community brimming with things to do. Among the many options are more than 17km of public trails in Town. Whether you’re walking yourself, walking a dog or going for a bike ride, Peace River’s trail system will keep you occupied.

Green Space Management

The Community Services Department is responsible for maintaining all public green space. Through a contract, we mow over 200 acres of turf.

  • Sports Fields, Ball Diamonds – are mowed once per
    • One application of spring fertilizer on or before May
    • One application of fall fertilizer on or after September
  • Parks, dikes, town facilities & Cemetery – are mowed once per
  • Road right of ways, parking lots, medians, pedestrian pathways and various town properties – are mowed a minimum of twice during the
  • West Hill Walking Path, Riverfront Boat Launch – mowed once per month during the

Naturalization

Naturalization is one of the ways in which we manage our green spaces and there is merit in adopting a more ‘natural’ approach to tending and maintaining specific areas of our public green spaces. Given the topography of the Town of Peace River, with great slopes and hills, oftentimes cutting the natural prairie grasses proves harmful by encouraging soil erosion and moisture loss evaporation. Certain areas that may have been cut regularly in the past have been eliminated from the cutting schedule in order to preserve the topsoil, and to improve the safety of the grass cutting personnel. In general, those slopes that are most susceptible to soil erosion are also steep enough to be hazardous to equipment operators.

The “Welcome Sign” hill on 98 St is an example of an area that the Town has naturalized.

Noxious Weeds

Noxious weeds can grow and spread quickly, invading crops and ecosystems, and making properties unsightly, overgrown and infested. There are a number of species that have become rampant in Peace River: Common Toad- flax, Canada Thistle and Perennial Sow Thistle. For more detailed info on noxious weeds in Alberta please download this guide produced by the Government of Alberta and Wheatland County.

Name of WeedAttributesIllustration
Canada ThistleGrows up to 1.5 metres tall with clusters of flowers, ranging in colour from purple to white, with prickly leaves.CanadaThistle
Perennial Sow ThistleGrows up to 1.5 metres tall on a sin- gle stem, branching near the top. Branches have prickly leaves and end in large, loose clusters of yellow, dandelion-like flowers. The entire plant has a milky juice, which is why it also goes by Milk Thistle.PerennialSowThistle
Dalmatian ToadflaxThe stem can be as short as 15cm or grow up to 1 metre tall. The leaves are numerous, alternate in color from pale green to gray- green, are long and narrow, pointed at both ends, with smooth edges. It has yellow, snapdragon-like flowers with orange.DalmatianToadflax
Scentless ChamomileGrows up to 1 metre tall with white daisy-like flowers. When crushed, leaves have no scent.ScentlessChamomile

How Can You Help?

As a property owner, you have many options for controlling noxious weeds:

  • You can mow your property with mowers or weed eaters to 10 cm (4″) or This will help to cut down the weeds before they go to seed, and will kill them off in a couple of years.
  • You can also pull weeds out of the ground by hand to control small numbers, making sure that you pull the entire root out. Dispose of weeds in plastic bags to ensure that the seeds do not dry out and blow away in the wind.
  • Keeping your lawn healthy will make it more difficult for weeds to grow or go to seed on your lawn or garden.
  • Spraying weeds is also potentially hazardous, please consult your local greenhouse to learn about eco-friendly products and how to apply them properly.

Reporting Your Concerns

If you have a concern about noxious weeds:

Noxious Weeds on Private Property:

  • Noxious weeds on private property must be dealt with by the property owner.

Noxious Weeds on Public Property:

  • Call the Community Services Department at 780 -624-1000 or send an email to Community Services