Posted On: October 17, 2017

The Park’s Lawns are Closed for the Season. Here’s Why:

In order to keep our lawns primed for frequent recreational use during the warm spring and summer months, we must let our lawns rest and rehabilitate during the cool-weather months for the following reasons:

While, increasingly, daytime temperatures in the fall and early winter have remained warmer and sunnier for longer, cooler nights mean that the lawns begin their cold-weather dormancy. Dormancy is a period in a plant’s life cycle when growth stops and the plant cannot repair any damage.

Each fall, the Madison Square Park Conservancy staff seeds and aerates our lawns so that the grass has more opportunity to germinate and establish their roots. During this process it is also important to protect the lawn from damage caused by compaction from foot traffic.

When a lawn is not allowed time to take root, it can lead to soil erosion. Soil erosion is the wearing away of a field’s topsoil by the natural forces of rainwater and snow. By strengthening our grass, we can prevent the nutrient loss caused by soil erosion.

To prevent any damage that may happen to our irrigation systems, the water is turned off in the Park in the fall to protect them from possible freezing temperatures. The water will be turned on again in April to help ready the lawns for recreational use come May.