Sustainability
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  • Lawns are a big part of the water conservation equation.
  • California Conservation Corps at Collier County Park, Ramona
  • LEED Platinum Certified San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Solar Panels at Sweetwater Summit, Spring Valley
  • Artificial Turf at 4S Ranch Sports Park, Rancho Bernardo

Water Conservation

Here at the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, we are doing everything we can to reduce water use... but we’re not forgetting our mission. We’re committed to preserving natural and cultural resources, especially when those resources are scarce. We also remain committed to offering high‐quality recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages – in sync with the County’s overarching vision to build a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego. 

We’ve completed dozens of projects in recent years to reduce, reuse or recycle water. Some examples include the installation of smart irrigation devices at 20 County parks, saving 30‐million gallons of water per year; opening three award‐winning aquatic playgrounds built on recirculating filtration systems, which also serve as public cool zones; and replacing grass with drought‐tolerant synthetic turf at seven sports complexes. 

Faced with the worst drought since the early 1990s, we’ve coordinated a unified approach to water conservation by collaborating with 19 area water agencies and 16 city parks and recreation teams to launch conservation projects across 50,000 acres of park land. Partner cities include Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach and Vista.

We all have a role to play in the preservation of this precious natural resource. Thank you for doing your part to reduce water use as we work to provide you with an even healthier and more sustainable parks system.

Thinking Green

The Green Report provides an overview of completed green projects throughout the County Parks and Recreation system, as well as a description of conservation achievements, ongoing programs and the green projects that are under construction or in the planning phase. The Green Facility Map represents a countywide snapshot of the information contained in the Green Report.

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