Municipalities Save Water at Parks
Last year, Washoe County redid two of their parks in an effort to save water. Crews removed 53,000 square feet of turf at Lemmon Valley Park and replaced it with decomposed granite. An additional 39,000 square feet was removed at Cold Springs Park.
"We used areas that were not part of the athletic fields and the primary use areas that were a little more maintenance intensive, and areas that were not really needed as far as our turf inventory," said Jennifer Budge, Park Operations Superintendent for the county.
Budge says they have already reduced water use by 10% in the county, with plans to use even less water as the summer starts. The City of Reno is doing a similar thing. Between 2005 and 2010, the city reduced their water consumption by 30% at parks.
"We aggressively watch our irrigation system," said Jeff Mann, Parks Manager. “We put down as little water as we can and keep our turf and our trees healthy."