The city is committed to preserving and enhancing our natural systems that help make Winter Park such a great place to live.

 

Leaf Blower Information

As of January 12, 2022, all internal combustion engine or motor leaf blowers [including landscape companies] are limited to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m., on Sunday. Any debris blown into the public right of way must be removed within 30 minutes. This helps to keep our lakes healthy.

Beginning July 2024, all internal combustion engine or motor leaf blowers [including landscape companies] will be prohibited within the city.

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  • Reduced Emissions
    Electric leaf blowers produce zero emissions at the point of use, contributing to cleaner air quality compared to gas-powered ones.
  • Lower Noise Pollution
    Electric leaf blowers are quieter, reducing noise pollution in residential areas and public spaces.
  • Decreased Fossil Fuel Consumption
    By transitioning to electric models, the community reduces its reliance on fossil fuels, contributing to overall environmental conservation.

Long-Term Impact

  • Sustainable Practices
    Encouraging the use of electric leaf blowers supports sustainable practices and encourages individuals to adopt eco-friendly alternatives, promoting a culture of environmental responsibility.
  • Improved Air Quality
    Electric leaf blowers produce no exhaust emissions, which can enhance local air quality and reduce respiratory health risks associated with gas-powered equipment emissions. In addition to ozone-forming pollution, gas-powered lawn and garden equipment emits particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and cancer-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Operators of electric equipment will not be exposed to these toxins since electric equipment emits no pollution at the point of use.
  • Reduced Noise Disturbance
    Quieter electric leaf blowers create a healthier and more peaceful environment for residents, mitigating noise-related stress and potential hearing damage.
  • Cost Savings
    Rebates incentivize residents to switch to electric models by reducing long-term operational costs.  Businesses are encouraged to support their client’s health and well-being in municipalities that have enacted the ban. Potential tax credits may be available in the future.
  • The Real Comparison
    Electric blowers provide a significant savings over the life of the product when maintenance and fuel (gas/oil) prices are included in the comparison. Over time, the fuel savings compensate for higher initial costs including the batteries. Consider factors like the size of the area being cleared, the wind force needed to clear properly, and your preference for power source (i.e. type of battery) to make the most cost-effect choice
  • Encourages Compliance
    A rebate program encourages compliance with the ban ordinance by providing an incentive for individuals to transition away from gas-powered equipment.
  • Community Engagement
    Programs that offer rebates can generate community interest and engagement in environmental stewardship, fostering a sense of responsibility and participation.

Lakes

Winter Park has been actively involved in lake management since the 1960’s and our lakes provide tremendous recreational opportunities. More recently, we have expanded our focus to include the management of terrestrial habitats. Through efforts such as controlling invasive exotic plant species, planting and promoting native vegetation and encouraging Florida friendly landscaping, Winter Park is improving the ecological value of our wetland and upland ecosystems.

Learn more about the Lakes Division

Parks

Winter Park has a number of recreational facilities and parks to help you stay active! The Parks & Recreation Department is a nationally accredited agency and has met or exceeded best practices in the ten required elements which include planning, administration, financial management, facility management, programs and services.

Learn more about the Parks & Recreation Department

Urban Forests

The Urban Forestry Division was formed to protect, preserve, enhance, and nurture Winter Park’s urban forest by utilizing best management practices and the most up-to-date scientific research. Staff maintains existing vigorous trees, removes dead/diseased/dying trees, and replants with a diverse species selection in an effort to promote our most important renewable resource as well as sustain our forest for today and future generations.

Learn more about the Urban Forestry Division

Contact Information

Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.