GRIFFITH PARK—High traffic areas in Griffith Park may see more dirt, officials say, as the park increases their water conservation efforts.
As part of this effort, the sidewalks and walkways and other hardscapes will no longer be washed down due to a city ban.
“Just like residents are not out there with hoses in their driveways, we can’t be,” maintenance supervisor for Griffith Park’s main property, Laura Bauernfiend, said to the Los Feliz Ledger.
The Park will be adding “irricades” around trees in the parking lot for the merry-go-round, a popular attraction for families. These irricades are plastic barricades that deliver water more precisely and at a lower volume than sprinklers—thus saving water while still maintaining plants.
The new water features will not affect parking, or the operation of the merry-go-round.
The Wilson Harding Golf Course, which includes two 18-hole courses, is not currently planning on altering its water usage. It draws its water from the nearby Los Angeles-Glendale Reclamation Plant, and has used recycled, or reclaimed, water since the mid 1980s. Recycled water is not subject to the new state restrictions on water usage.
While the watering schedule will not change for the golf course, and for some picnic areas that also use recycled water, there is a plan to replace the golf course’s turf over the course of the next few years.
Rather than grass, the golf course will feature mulch and native, drought-resistant plants, which will cut down on water usage as well as labor costs.
Parks and Recreation officials declined to comment on what, if any, water conservation efforts will be implemented in Amir’s Garden, a community-maintained garden, or in the Bird Sanctuary.