Hyattsville began its quest for organic field care in 2016 by banning the use of toxic pesticides within city limits. However, Hyattsville’s 32-acre park, which is composed of baseball and soccer fields, trails, picnic areas, a swimming pool, and a recreational building, proved to need help with its transition.

In October of 2018, the #PlayFree initiative was introduced to the city’s beloved Magruder Park. The Hyattsville park staff was educated on an organic field maintenance program to care for the fields. And soon, the park had developed a healthy biomass, entirely through the application of organic products.

A year later, with a $5,000 donation from Stonyfield Organic, the City went on to purchase a compost tea sprayer to help organically maintain the fields.

Today, Hyattsville continues to be a pioneer for organic field care. Recently, they met with representatives from counties and other organizations around Maryland to speak about the benefits of banning synthetic pesticides and the steps to transition over to organic field care.

As with most things natural, the transformation of Hyattsville’s parks required patience and consistency. But the final product is a refuge for nature and community alike. Congratulations to Hyattsville, and thanks to everyone in the city for letting StonyFIELDS be part of your journey.

 

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