Pilot projects can lead to great things, as was the case with the median on Gordon and Bernard Avenues in Kelowna. The City of Kelowna and SYNLawn® Okanagan installed artificial grass in the median instead of live grass, plants or hot paving stones. Artificial grass median beautifies the City.
Once the results were in, it was clear that investing in the synthetic turf would and has saved the City on costs for maintenance, time, equipment, resources and of course, water.
The project on Boucherie Road began when the District of West Kelowna saw value in the look and performance of the pilot project in Kelowna. We worked together to create a green looking space on the new median, which runs from Highway 97 and up Boucherie Road.
Boucherie Road is classified as an arterial route, and provides access to numerous neighbourhoods in the District, including Lakeview Heights, South Mount Boucherie, Sunnyside and Green Bay. It is a transit route and an alternate route should Highway 97 ever close down. The District needed to upgrade the road to a higher urban standard, and keep it a low maintenance so as not to disrupt traffic flow.
When it comes to maintenance and repairs, the median does not have to be mowed, weeded or watered, which saves on time, equipment and resources for the District. This cost savings is multiplied, as with SYNLawn® in place, there is no need for flaggers, as there is with traditional median maintenance.
The project included approximately 10,000 sq. feet of SYNLawn® placed in the divider between the lanes. Compared to natural grass, this project will save over 150,000 litres of water per year and does not require harmful chemicals to keep weeds down.
As an added bonus, it looks great and gives consistent curb appeal as tourists and locals drive up the Boucherie Road portion of the Westside Wine Trail.