Grass and weeds – City park maintenance

Guelph has over 1000 hectares of parks and open space where you can find over 70 km of trails and paths, and heritage features including Allan Mill, Goldie Mill, IODE Fountain, Blacksmith Fountain, Riverside Floral Clock Gardens, John McCrae Gardens, Speed Skating Rink Façade, and the Boathouse.

Minimum grass cutting standards

General parkland

  • 10 business days


  • Urban areas – 15 business days
  • Rural areas – twice annually, late spring/early summer and fall

Storm water management ponds

Seasonal maintenance, late summer/early fall. The open space surrounding storm water ponds is intended to be left in a natural state for the filtration of overland water flow and provides habitat for wildlife.

Staff will try to maintain a swath behind homes at our common property lines, if accessible by mowers and site conditions the work is limited to a buffer-type rough cut.

To report long grass or weeds in City parklands or boulevards you will need:

  • name of the park
  • name of the street at the nearest access point
  • nearest cross street
  • description of the problem