Why are some City parks watered during daylight hours?

As part of voluntary water conservation efforts, Arvada residents are asked not to water their lawns between 10 am and 6 pm. However, you'll notice that sometimes sprinklers in our parks are running during those daytime hours. 

The primary reason is that given the many hundreds of acres that require watering, and the number of irrigation zones in any given park, there are simply not enough hours between 6 pm and 10 am to complete the cycle. Parks staff also conduct irrigation checks and make adjustments during these daylight hours. 

Another reason daytime watering occurs in places like the Stenger and Lutz sports complexes is due to the high use of the complex on weekends and three-day holiday periods. During these periods the turf areas lose the base level of soil moisture required for plant health and player safety, thus requiring additional watering during weekdays when the fields are not in use.

Finally, annual seed and sod repair and grounds rehabilitation can account for short watering cycles throughout the day at specific locations. For example, when the City upgrades a median by putting in new seeds, plants, and trees, additional watering may be required to get the landscaping established.

Rest assured that the City does monitor its usage and works to keep the volume below its historical use.

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1. Does the City provide free mulch?
2. Are horses allowed in Arvada parks and on Arvada trails?
3. How do I request a memorial tree or memorial park bench be added to a park?
4. Who do I contact if I get locked in or out of an athletic field?
5. What should I do if I notice graffiti in an Arvada park?
6. Who is responsible for maintenance of the areas along the Farmers Highline Canal, Church Ditch and Croke Canal?
7. Which parks have amenities, such as basketball, tennis, pickleball, etc?
8. What should I do if trees are overhanging power lines?
9. Why does the City recommend residents not water during peak times of the day, but they routinely do so in the parks?
10. Why does the City water parks and trails early in the morning, when people are using the trails?
11. How often does Parks staff assess playground equipment for safety?
12. What is the City's mowing policy for open space?
13. What is the City's mowing policy for parks?
14. What is the City's policy on the use of herbicides in parks and open space?
15. I live near a trail (or open space/park). When should I expect to see parks staff pruning the trees in these areas?
16. City-owned trees are overhanging my property. Can I trim them myself?
17. My trees are overhanging City property. Is the City allowed to trim them?
18. Why are some City parks watered during daylight hours?