Will the drought effect our parks?

By: Suzanne Nogami Email
By: Suzanne Nogami Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - With low water levels and ongoing drought conditions, water conservation is a big concern for officials and residents across the state.

Parks and Recreation officials in Denver have taken drastic steps, closing parks to practices until next month because the grass is so distressed already.

While the Valley has been experiencing drought conditions this year, the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation officials say it’s game on when it comes to our practice fields.

"They'll be in very good, playable shape. As far as the root system and those types of things we're going to be working on them all the time, but we have no plans to shut them down," said Mike Vendegna, with the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

Park officials prepared for the upcoming summer months and low amount of water long ago.

"You plan ahead all year long. If you don't get the proper amount of water that you need, by cultural methods you can dry that root system down," said Vendegna.

We're not totally in the clear though, residents could notice some areas drying up as officials work to conserve water.

"We have cut out areas that have turf throughout the city that are more ornamental in nature that require water," said Tom Ziola, with the City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation officials say the number one key to keeping the fields healthy all year-long is in the root system.

So even when the grass goes dormant during winter; strong and healthy roots will make for bright green fields in the spring.

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