Riverside Public Utilities Dedicates Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden

Published: 11/27/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   November 27, 2017


Robbie Silver

Public Information Coordinator



Riverside Public Utilities Dedicates Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden

WHAT:   Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden. RPU is taking another giant step in ensuring that the City of Riverside has a reliable supply of water for its residents and businesses. During the recent drought in California, the worst in more than 125 years, Riverside residents and businesses removed 1.8 million square feet of turf, which saves 75 million gallons of water per year. The new Water Wise Garden will save Riverside approximately 1.5 million gallons of water per year. The Goeske Center project was built for conservation education and contains California-native and drought-tolerant plants demonstrating various methods of landscaping.  The one-acre garden is filled with pocket gardens that model turf alternatives, meadow garden, decorative hardscape, Mediterranean garden, California native garden, desert garden, and a sensory garden.

The facility will also house an education station that will provide an opportunity to interact with the garden and illustrate best practices for high efficiency irrigation and more.

WHO:      The following community leaders will be speaking at the end, and are available for an interview following the ceremony during the tour of the facility:

  • Mayor Rusty Bailey, City of Riverside Mayor
  • Mike Soubirous, Riverside City Councilmember Ward 3
  • Girish Balachandran, RPU General Manager
  • Adolfo Cruz, Parks and Recreation Director
  • Dave Austin, RPU Board Chair
  • Kevin Milligan, RPU Deputy General Manager

WHERE:       5257 Sierra Street,  Riverside, CA 92504

WHEN:          Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

DETAILS:     The new Janet Goeske Center Water Wise Garden is designed to provide conservation education in a hands-on environment. This 45,000 square foot, $300,000 facility is funded by grants, through the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority through Western Municipal Water District, RPU’s water conservation surcharge and in-kind irrigation materials by The Toro Company. 



Since 1895, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) has provided high quality, safe, and reliable electric and water services to the residents of Riverside, CA. RPU remains committed to increasing its use of renewable energy resources and promoting sustainable living practices, and is actively planning and implementing essential energy and water infrastructure improvements that will better serve this and future generations.

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