Support Reduction of Toxic Chemical Use in Public Parks

Target: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Goal: Ban toxic chemical use in all Seattle parks

Public parks should be safe and healthy places for families to enjoy nature, providing respite from the polluted city environment. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been working to reduce toxic chemical use in parks, and to develop safe ways to deal with pests instead. Encourage the City of Seattle to support Parks and Recreation in their effort to expand the ban on toxic chemicals to all parks in Seattle.

Pest management in Seattle parks has seen marked improvement in recent years. Since 2001, pesticide use has subsided completely in 14 parks. The City of Seattle manages 110,000 acres of public land, diverse in use and level of development. Park employees have been practicing integrated pest management, incorporating various cultural and mechanical methods into their work. They have led the transition to toxic-free parks by developing new, safe and successful methods of pest management.

Banning toxic chemicals from all Seattle parks would make the city a safer and healthier place for, most importantly, children, who are particularly vulnerable to toxic chemicals. Additionally, it would be safer for park employees, all park visitors, and for native plants and wildlife as well. Request that the city support Parks and Recreation in expanding the ban on pesticides to all Seattle parks and public land, creating safe natural spaces within the city for the entire community.


Dear Mayor McGinn,

Maintaining safe and healthy natural spaces within the city is vital to ensuring good quality of life for all Seattle residents. Seattle Parks and Recreation employees have led the effort to diversify pest management methods in order to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Please support them in expanding the ban on toxic chemical use to all public parks and publicly managed land in Seattle.

Park employees have already successfully phased out the use of toxic chemicals to control pests in 14 Seattle parks. They hope to continue this positive work in 25 more acres of parks and publicly managed natural areas throughout the city. Utilizing integrated pest management in the form of cultural and mechanical methods to control pests, they continue to maintain the appearance and safety of parks.

Beyond ensuring the health and safety of plants, wildlife, and park users and employees, extending the ban on toxic chemicals in public parks would save money in the long term. Additionally, it would reduce dependence on fossil fuels which are often used in production, transport and application of pesticides. Ensure the health and safety of natural spaces within the city, and thus that of wildlife and community members, by supporting Parks and Recreation in their effort to end toxic chemical use.


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  1. The toxic products from Big Ag and Big oil don’t belong in our parks.

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