Residents and regular park-goers should note that Lynwood City Park will be closed every Sunday and Monday starting October 6-7 for four consecutive weeks to coat the entire park with gopher pest control treatments.
After conferring with gopher control experts, City Officials have decided it would be best to close the entire park for 48 hours during each treatment. In their decision, City Officials have made sure that the temporary park closures are scheduled around planned sports activities at the park as much as possible.
The park’s massive gopher problem has grown out of control over the years and has caused significant damage to the park’s landscape, fields and to the park’s irrigation system – all of which are in the process of being repaired.
The City of Lynwood has hired a contractor to conduct the gopher pest control treatments. Gopher control treatments require at least a 24-hour closure of the entire park, but to be absolutely safe from the poison that will be used to eliminate the gophers, the park will be closed for a total of 48 hours. The contractor will apply the treatment on Sundays, and the park will reopen on Tuesdays. For safety purposes, absolutely no activity or visitors/patrons will be allowed into the park in between. Signs will be posted throughout all of the park’s entrances and the public is advised to please follow the restrictions and stay out of the park until the following Tuesdays.
City officials are asking residents and park-goers, especially children who flock to the park for recreational purposes between Sunday and Monday, to excuse the temporary inconvenience. “As soon as we complete all of the treatments, we’re going to start repairing all of the damage the gophers have caused in the park,” Emilio Murga, Director of the Public Works Department said. “The irrigation system is going to be repaired and we’re going to backfill and re-level the fields and plant new seeds. Within three months, residents and park-goers will have their park back, greener than ever, and with new soccer fields – all gopher free.”
The park will be closed on Sundays and Mondays, October 6-7, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. These temporary closures will only impact the park, its walkways and athletic field areas. The Community Center, which is located on the north corner of the park at Bullis Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will still be open for business.
“It’s really important for the public to stay out of the park if the signs say to stay out of the park,” said Mark Flores, Deputy Director of the Recreation and Community Services Department. “We also need them to warn their children if they frequent the park. It’s for their safety. The park will be closed on Sundays and on Mondays. The park will re-open on Tuesdays. We promise you that the temporary closures will be worth it in the end.”
For more information, please call Flores at (310) 603-0220 Ext. 319.