Extra rainfall affects local parks

Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- It may be a drearier August than usual so far, but the gray skies are actually adding color in other places in the area.

"It's just really lush and gorgeous right now," said Mike Vendegna, parks superintendent for Grand Junction Parks and Recreation. "The grass is almost like carpeting."

Plants at local parks and golf courses are thriving from this summer's extra rainfall.

Golfers said they are appreciating the green courses and better golfing conditions.

"I like them when they're a little faster," said golfer Carlos Vendegna. "They're easier to putt on."

The rain is saving the groundskeepers for Lincoln Park Golf Course time and energy usually spent watering the grass.

"It eliminates the amount of hand watering we have to do," said Doug Jones, Lincoln Park Golf Course superintendent. "It reduces the amount of times we have to turn on the irrigation system."

Parks and Recreation officials said they are saving thousands of dollars by watering plants and lawns less often, but there is one downfall to the additional rainfall.

"When you have rain you get weeds," Mike Vendegna said. "Our weed abatement crew has been really busy this summer and the weed population throughout the valley is exploding."

Grand Junction usually receives an average of 1.24 inches of rain between June 1 and August 7, but this year it has already gotten 1.51 inches in the same amount of time.


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