The St. Thomas Physical Plant’s grounds department has posted signs on the Lower Quad to help keep the spring grass greener, but some students continue to blaze their own trails.
Grounds Supervisor Bob Reed said that even with strategically placed sidewalks in the renovated quad, students are still walking on the grass.
“What’s happening is people are cutting across, straight across from one building to the other, and they are creating horrendous cattle paths; and it destroys the grass,” Reed said.
Senior Dan Erickson doesn’t think the signs will be enough to keep students off the grass.
“I just think when people are walking through the quad, even if they saw them, they wouldn’t pay much attention because I see kids walking on the grass without giving any adherence to any sign; and I think regardless of a sign people are going to walk on the grass,” Erickson said.
Freshman Stephanie Cao saw the signs but didn’t let them change her usual walking path.
“Do I listen to them (the signs)? No,” Cao said.
Freshman Brooke Hill had a similar attitude toward walking on the grass.
“Having the signs up actually makes me want to walk on the grass more than if they weren’t there,” Hill said. “It’s like a challenge.”
Reed said signs with a similar message were posted last fall to stop students from walking on the new sod on the Lower Quad.
“We are hoping it will get everybody’s attention. In the fall, when we were laying the sod, we had the signs all over to keep them (students) off because it was new sod,” Reed said.
Senior Tony Mergens said he believes the signs are working but more are necessary.
“I think they could use a few more around campus. Just looking around, I don’t see too many of them right now,” Mergens said.
Reed said that if the signs do not help cut down on grass traffic, his department may have to look into other sidewalk designs. Reed also said landscape repairs are costly.
“Otherwise, we have to think about how we’re gonna have to change the landscape around the areas to keep people off of them and help save some money,” Reed said.
Jake Swansson and Baihly Warfield contributed to this report.
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