HABITURF® Pilot Project
Austin Parks Foundation is committed to scientific inquiry and implementation of conservation best practices, and no issue ranks higher on the Central Texas priority list than water conservation.
As our cornerstone water conservation project, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a pilot project to bring HABITURF®, a mix of native grass species, to Austin’s park system.
The first two-acre pilot project is at Alderbrook Park in North Austin. Alderbrook was recently purchased by the City of Austin, and the installation of HABITURF® represents the first phase of improvements for this new public space.
How HABITURF® Can Help
This native mix requires significantly less water than traditional lawns once established making HABITURF® an ideal solution to Texas’ extreme weather conditions. Developed through years of research by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, HABITURF® is dense and attractive, requires less mowing and weeding than traditional lawns, and most importantly–it thrives with minimal watering.
This pilot project is a case study to examine HABITURF®’s viability in a park setting, and we hope it sets an example for public parks, and other public and private spaces, all across Texas and the Southwest.
Learn more about HABITURF®, including the research behind it, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.
Other Water Conservation Projects
Solar-Powered, Reclaimed Water Irrigation System
In 2012 Austin Parks Foundation funded the installation of a solar-powered, reclaimed water irrigation system in West Austin Park. The first of its kind in Austin’s parks, the off-grid irrigation system uses less water to keep the park trees alive. Other benefits include decreasing wastewater discharges and reducing and preventing pollution.
APF supports water conservation through park design; including landscape design, mulching, rain gardens and native, drought-tolerant habitat restoration.
By supporting our over 100 park adopter groups with tools, grants, expertise and design instruction, through programs like our Park Improvement Education Series, APF and our partners continue to reduce water needs citywide in hundreds of parks every year.