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Turf Replacement
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Transitioning to Low-Water Use and Drought-Tolerant Landscaping
In response to the historic drought conditions the State and our region are experiencing, the City Council enacted a Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert in February of 2014. The Stage II Alert employs common-sense water restrictions that are meant to save water. The City’s Public Works Department is working to set a good example by identifying locations where non-essential grassy areas can be transitioned to low-water use and drought- tolerant landscaping. Ten grassy areas that have low levels of activity have been selected for turf removal and enhancement with drought-tolerant plants and materials. These areas will also be retrofitted with drip-irrigation systems to conserve water.

According to Public Works Director Nadeem Majaj, the City has received $644,000 in funding assistance through a $2 per square foot rebate from the Metropolitan Water District and applied for a $1 per square foot rebate of $322,000 from the Inland Empire Utilities Agency to replace approximately 322,000 s.f. of turf. City Parks and Landscaping crews will allow the water-guzzling turf to dry out, and will then remove the materials. Crews will re-landscape the areas with drought-tolerant plants, trees, colorful groundcover, decomposed granite, and rock features.

The Locations Identified Include:        
  • Each side of the driveway leading into Crossroads Park
  • The west side of Skyview Park between Skyview Ridge and Olympic View Drive
  • Hollow Run Park south of Bayberry Drive and east of Peyton Drive
  • The south side of Chino Hills Parkway from Frost Avenue to Peyton Drive
  • The medians on Glen Ridge Drive between Pipeline Avenue and Peyton Drive
  • The medians on Rolling Ridge Drive between Chino Hills Parkway and Bayberry Drive
  • The north side of Woodview Road, east of Peyton Drive
  • Meadows Park along the parkway on Butterfield Ranch Road
  • The north-west side of Eucalyptus Avenue, east of Rancho Hills Drive
  • The top one-third of the slope at Veterans Park, and the parkway turf along Chino Hills Parkway, where a demonstration garden is planned 

  • Reduced Water Usage by 75% (approx.)
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs by Over 30% (approx.)
  • Expected to Save Over $50,000 Per Year!

The City of Chino Hills continues to be a leader in water conservation and the use of recycled water. The severe drought demands ongoing, long-term efforts to conserve water, our most precious resource. We must all do our part! During the past 7 years, the City has been removing turf and irrigation in medians along main roadways. Water-saving irrigation methods have been implemented, and drought-tolerant plants and mulch have replaced some plant materials. This next project takes the City’s efforts a step further in drought-proofing Chino Hills, reducing water use, and lowering long-term maintenance and water costs.