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City of Wisconsin Rapids Designates May 2024 as No Mow May

Monday, April 15th, 2024 -- 2:01 PM

The City of Wisconsin Rapids has adopted a resolution designating the month of May 2024 as No Mow May, which temporarily relieves property owners of lawn maintenance standards in Chapter 36, Sections 302.4 of City Ordinance.

Participation in No Mow May is voluntary and free of charge. City residents and property owners who are interested in participating may do so without registering. During their March 19th meeting, the Common Council adopted a resolution to suspend the enforcement of Chapter 36, Section 302.4, of City Ordinance city-wide for the month of May 2024.

Properties must be brought back into compliance by June 7, 2024, which provides a grace period in recognition of weather or scheduling conflicts. Properties that aren't compliant by the deadline will be subject to regular penalties for long grasses and weeds.

This is the City’s third year adopting the No Mow May resolution. Each City of Wisconsin Rapids property is eligible to receive one free yard sign, but we have a limited number of yard signs available. Please keep your yard sign for future No Mow May programs. Additional yard signs can be purchased for $10 each.

Yard signs can be picked up at the Mayor's Office on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 444 West Grand Ave., Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; or Fridays between 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you prefer to schedule an appointment to pick up a yard sign, you may contact Emily Kent at 715-421-8216 or [email protected].

The City has also designated some spots on city property to leave un-mowed:

  • 10th Street, from Two Mile Avenue to Griffith Avenue;
  • 16th Street, from Two Mile Avenue to Kuhn Avenue;
  • Whitrock Avenue, between 16th Street and 20th Street;
  • Around the storm water pond on 16th Street and Two Mile Avenue;
  • Robinson Park (ball fields and spectator areas will be mowed);
  • Sand Lot Park (ball fields and spectator areas will be mowed);
  • McMillan Memorial Library.

The goal of No Mow May is to provide early season forage for native pollinators by reducing our mowing intensity during a month when foraging resources are limited.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.