Work begins on water-conserving landscape

Over the past few months, the city has been reducing the grass at city hall in anticipation of a re-landscaping project that began August 19. Construction fencing has been installed around city hall and crews have begun irrigation work.

The project will include drought-tolerant groundcover and plants, decomposed granite plazas and walkways, outdoor seating, efficient irrigation and a vegetative bioswale. The new landscape is anticipated to reduce outdoor water use by over 50 percent. Metro Builders & Engineers Group will oversee the construction for the project, which should be complete in mid-October.

Also, work to install a new efficient irrigation system at College Park is taking place. The current irrigation system at College Park is believed to be the original, 1960s infrastructure. The 50-year-old system has recently become prone to breaks and does not meet modern efficiency standards.

The project will contribute to city-wide watering conservation goals by improving irrigation efficiency and reducing select turf areas. Park trees will have supplemental water provided within their canopies utilizing a drip system.

The project will be completed prior to January 1, 2016, allowing for Claremont Little League to resume use of the athletic fields. The adjacent Claremont Pooch Park will remain open during the project.

For questions on either of these projects, contact the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431.



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