Serrano has dedicated approximately 1,000 acres of land to open space, providing a sense of serenity and continuity, while respecting the balance between nature and man. Meandering trails link residential areas to open fields and restored wetlands, creeks, oak groves and greenbelts. Wildflowers and wildlife - deer, rabbits, wild turkeys and dozens of other species - coexist peacefully with their two-legged neighbors. Young oak saplings were also planted to complement the magnificent mature Heritage oaks that stud the rolling hills of Serrano.
2009 – SACRAMENTO TREE FOUNDATION – AUSTIN B. CARROLL AWARD
Presented in May 2009 in Sacramento - Parker Development Co.
*Honoring A Company Whose Work Sets A Worthy Example of Tree Planting, Stewardship, and Effective Education.
2005 – NATIONAL “BUILDING WITH TREES” AWARD
Presented at the National Arbor Day Headquarters in Nebraska
In 1999, Serrano expanded its use of recycled water from the golf course, parks and greenbelts to residents' front and backyards in order to conserve this most precious resource. The recycled water is delivered through a series of purple-colored pipes that are separate from drinking water pipelines - a system that puts Serrano in the forefront of the trend toward environmentally sensitive development and greatly improves the community's ability to remain lush and green during normal drought cycles.
Serrano received the National WateReuse Award of Merit from the WateReuse Foundation at its annual symposium in Denver in September 2005. The award,given at the countrywide level, recognizes Serrano's innovative and concerted efforts in using recycled water for the front and backyards of its homes, as well as for golf courses and common areas. Serrano previously won the "Project of the Year" award from the California WateReuse Association in 1998.