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City officials say parks may be one place to save water

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The grass will stay green, at least for the most part, for local athletes who play at Sinsheimer Stadium in San Luis Obispo.

John Andree is Morro Bay High School's athletic director and said it is important to keep the fields in good condition for athletes' safety.

"You need to be able to have a nice playing field, playing surface for safety reasons," Andree said. "Playing a football game on dirt or a baseball game taking bad hops, it's very important that they have a nice playing surface and that all starts with good grass."

However, the City of San Luis Obispo needs to reduce water usage by 25% following Governor Brown's water mandates and park grounds may take a hit.

San Luis Obispo City Public Works and Utilities officials met Friday to strategize how to implement the cuts. City Engineer Barbara Lynch said she and her colleagues want to reduce water in areas that do not get much public use.

Damon Garcia Park and Sports Complex, which hosts many soccer games, is one of at least six parks in San Luis Obispo that is irrigated with recycled water.

Sinsheimer Stadium is one of the largest parks that does not use recycled water, but the city may change that.

"Certainly as the utility makes (recycled water) available, we would like to get on board with that because that leaves the potable water available for other uses in the home," said Lynch.

While reducing water use by 25% will not be easy, city officials say local residents can pull it off.

'It's a challenge for the whole community," Lynch said. "It will take the community's participation and their patience and understanding when they see stuff die because that's always a little sad."

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