Canada Goose Management in Summerlake Park
At the request of local residents, Tigard Parks & Rec began a new program in March to manage geese at Summerlake Park.
The city regularly receives complaints requesting that Canada goose problems be addressed. In February and March, geese populations and complaints were increasing. Requests from area residents often point to concern for public health and safety in the park. Canada geese are enjoyed by many, but according to The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, conflicts can involve:
- The unaesthetic and unpleasant nature of goose feces,
- Possible health concerns over the feces,
- Landscape damage, and
- Geese aggressive toward humans.
The city’s goal is to implement a plan by which an appropriate population of geese can be maintained while not adversely affecting park users. To that end, the city has executed a contract with Geese Guys, a Portland firm specializing in comprehensive and humane Canada Goose Management Programs (CGMP).
Through the month of April, biologists with Geese Guys worked with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service to apply humane egg depredation methods in Summerlake Park order to discourage the hatch out of goslings and resulting exponential population growth.
For more information, contact Steve Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-718-2591.
Summer Lake is the centerpiece of Summerlake Park. The 30-acre park has a ball field and picnic shelter available for rent. This park is also home to the Summerlake Dog Park.
Trails, including three footbridges over the lake, give visitors access to the lake, rhododendron garden, and open spaces interspersed with small wooded areas. The park is home to songbirds, ducks and aquatic animals.
Features & Highlights
- Picnic shelter rentals
- Ball field rentals
- BBQ grills
- Drinking fountains
- Horseshoe pits
- Play structures
- Tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- Picnic tables
- Rhododendron garden
- Summerlake Dog Park