Parks, Landscape & Parkway Trees
The Parks, Landscape, and Parkway Trees Division are responsible for all of the city’s parks, medians, publicly owned trees, as well as all other landscaped areas, such as city facility landscaping. This division manages the landscape maintenance contracts for seven city Maintenance Districts.
Superintendent, Bill Bowlus, and Supervisor, Chris Beckman, operate all park facilities, landscaped areas, and tree maintenance using a combination of contract and in-house workers.
Centralized Irrigation System
The division uses a centralized irrigation system, operated from the Service Center, that better controls the City's water and electricity use. It also allows one staff member to make adjustments as needed without having to be in the field at every site.
Depending on weather, field conditions and varied conservation factors, adjustments are made to the landscape irrigation schedule for public parks and medians.Timing is often different from what is prescribed in the City's water ordinance pertaining to residential and private business use. However, public water consumption is likewise restricted in quantity. By varying public property irrigation times, this helps to offset system-wide demand and maximizes the availability of park space during peak hours.
All service contracts are monitored for compliance and regular meetings are held with each contractor to ensure proper service delivery. Field crews are responsible for all park facilities including detail work and irrigation repairs with the exception of the seven Maintenance Districts, which are all done by contract. Mowing at all facilities is contracted as well.
Treatment Program Combats Shot Hole Bore Tree Infestation
A highly destructive insect known as the Shot Hole Bore is a newer pest harming trees throughout Brea. While there is no sure-fire solution to eliminate the Shot Hole Bore, the best strategy so far for affected specimens has been a multi-pronged approach to reduce tree contamination and try to control the pest. Without treatment, infected trees die and disease quickly spreads.
More information on effects of the shot hole bore program is available.