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Turf Conversion & Water Conservation

Back to Our Roots. It's all about water conservation.

Aurora & Drought

Colorado has a semi-arid environment and is a drought-prone state. The Front Range receives approximately 15 inches of precipitation in the form of rain and snow on an annual basis, which is insufficient moisture to meet the needs for most non-native landscapes without supplemental irrigation. During water shortages, water must be prioritized to meet potable needs for life, safety and health. To learn more about Aurora’s drought situation, water conservation and more, visit

In an effort to conserve water while still providing high quality outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy, the city of Aurora has put into place a number of water conservation efforts, including turf conversion in parks around the city.

Turf Conversion

In parks across the city, Parks, Recreation and Open Space staff are converting areas of Kentucky bluegrass turf to water-efficient alternatives, such as native grasses in low-usage areas or drought-tolerant Bermuda turf in high-usage areas. This conversion will reduce water usage in these areas by 70 percent, conserving millions of gallons of water while still providing ample space in our parks for public use and enjoyment. 

Locations currently undergoing conversion are listed below. The conversion process will begin in spring 2024 and continue through summer. Initial growth will take place over the following months. In areas where conversion is happening, please remain off the grass/dirt and enjoy another area of the park.

As work is being done, guests may see areas at the below locations with brown grass or patches of dirt. This is part of the conversion process and is normal. If there is an area of concern at a park not listed below, please email [email protected] or call Access Aurora at 303.739.7000.

Native Grass Conversion

Bermuda Grass Conversion

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