Turf Replacement

Transitioning to Low-Water Use & Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

In response to the historic drought conditions throughout the State and our region, the City Council declared a Stage III High Water Alert effective June 1, 2022. The City's Public Works Department continuously works to be a leader in water efficiency by identifying locations where non-essential grassy areas can be transitioned to low-water-use and drought-tolerant landscaping. Turf replacement takes the City’s efforts a step further in drought-proofing Chino Hills, reducing water use, and lowering long-term maintenance and water costs. 

Since July 2014, the Public Works Department has completed 37 turf removal projects transitioning grassy areas to drought-tolerant plants and a more efficient drip irrigation system. In total, the City has received more than $1.98 million in combined rebates from the Metropolitan Water District and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Removing approximately 758,000 square feet of turf has resulted in the City saving over 30 million gallons of water per year.

Project Locations Include:

  • A portion of Cinnamon Park near Balsam Court
  • A portion of Community Park near the baseball fields
  • The monument section and several parkways at Hunters Hill Park
  • The monument section of Butterfield Park
  • A section of turf along Green Valley Drive
  • The slope of Skyview Park near Parkview Terrace
  • The grassy area adjacent to the Chino Hills Skate Park
  • The grassy area across from English Springs Park along Village Center Drive
  • 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 percent (approximately)
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs by Over 30 percent (approximately)