Boise Parks and Rec: 2014 Saw More Parks But Less Water Usage


The city of Boise reports that it continues to use less water to irrigate its park system, which includes 51 parks, six rights-of-way, one reserve area, one golf course and portions of the Greenbelt.

The decrease has continued in spite of 30 acres of irrigated park land added in 2013: Marianne Williams, Terry Day and Comba parks.

All in, irrigation water use dropped more than 4 percent this past year and a nearly 7 percent drop since 2012. That represents more than 1 billion gallons in 2014, nearly 42 million gallons fewer than in 2012.

Meanwhile, precipitation totals in area parks dropped between March and October 2014, down to 6.4 inches in 2014 compared to 2012's 7.18 inches.

Boise Parks and Recreation officials said their maintenance teams played a role in the reduction of water use through closer monitoring and the installation of new irrigation lines to improve pressure and reduce watering needs while improving the quality of turf.