Harbor Bay Business Park Medians

Three Years Later - The Savings Continue!

In 2011, the median islands along Harbor Bay Parkway, beginning at Ron Cowan Parkway and ending at Bay Edge Road, were transformed from long stretches of turf grass to attractive displays of water-saving plants and various mow-free grasses.

The newly renovated landscaping’s ‘windswept’ look accentuates the shoreline setting, and has been using significantly less water since its installation, which is especially important with the extreme drought in California.

How much less? Since the landscape’s installation in 2011, nearly 9-million gallons of water (8,999,936 gallons to be exact) have been saved from what would have been used to irrigate the thirsty turf-grass. Water-use has been reduced by 67% in 2011, 57% in 2012, and 65% in 2013.


These savings have been realized due to the forethought of the Harbor Bay Business Park Association and GS Management, the initial Bay-Friendly design of water-saving plants and grasses, by April Phillips Design Works, and diligent water management by Cagwin & Dorward’s California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) Certified Water Managers.

Interested in more about this project? Read about the installation, and more about Bay-Friendly Landscaping.