Pollinator Friendly City

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Establishing Harrisonburg as a Pollinator-Friendly City

Liberty Park

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments have been supporting our local urban ecosystem by focusing on the installation of pollinator spaces including manicured beds and pollinator meadows throughout the City of Harrisonburg. It is the City's goal to be strategic in the management of the City's green spaces by installing pollinator gardens, creating aesthetically pleasing spaces the community can enjoy while also supporting pollinator species who contribute to an estimated one-third of all foods we eat. Pollinators are facing global declines due to habitat loss, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure and it is the City's job to make sure we are proactive in counteracting these issues. Staff, with the assistance of various local organizations such as the local Girl Scouts and First Presbyterian Church volunteers, have installed pollinator spaces in parks as a step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. In the past year, the department installed and manages pollinator spaces in the following areas:

  • Liberty Park
  • Downtown Harrisonburg Planters
  • Westover Park
  • Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center
  • Hillandale Park
  • Purcell Park
  • Water Street Parking Deck
  • Smithland Road Dog Park
  • Heritage Oaks Golf Course
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • Interstate 81 - Exit 247B

Pollinator Friendly City Annual Event

Pollinator Friendly City Event

Parks and Recreation partnered with other city departments, local related businesses, and organizations to host a "Pollinators in Your Backyard" event that was successful in educating the public on related City efforts while also gaining support and knowledge from all who attended the event. The City plans to host a pollinator-related event annually to continue these efforts. Partners of the Pollinator Friendly City effort include but are not limited to JMU, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at JMU, The Natural Garden, VDOT, Harrisonburg Public Schools, local Girl Scouts, and local professional Kate LeCroy. If you are interested in being a part of our annual pollinator event, please contact Jeremy Harold at Jeremy.Harold@HarrisonburgVA.gov or call 540-438-1644.

Supporting Documentation for Pollinator Spaces

Supporting Articles and Media Coverage