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Fight to save Rancho Bernardo's Webb Lake

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Webb Park has been a local landmark for four decades, and when word got out the owners wanted to drain it because of costs and the drought, a campaign was launched to save it.

The quiet serene Webb Park is where couples take their nightly stroll, pay tribute to the veterans memorial, dog owners walk their dogs, and where the ducks frolic in the pond.

“It’s just like a big breath and breathing and being happy to be alive when you come here,” said Rancho Bernardo resident, Ginna Simpson. 

Webb Park sits on a little more than four acres in Rancho Bernardo, and for 41 years has been privately owned by the Bernardo Town Center Property Owners Association.

“I see family. I see community, and I see memories,” said Scott Lawn. 

It takes about $50,000 to water the lawn and lake and to pump eight-million gallons of water each year.

Due to the drought, it was getting to be too much for the owners, so they planned to have it drained.

That is when local resident Scott Lawn, an irrigation specialist, with "Save Webb Lake" stepped in to raise $75,000 to build a well.

[RELATED STORY: Folks in Rancho Bernardo fight to keep water in Webb Lake]

“The well will produce enough water to supply both the lake and the landscaping as it is right now and they won't have to go through the cost of changing anything,” said Lawn.

The owners association told CBS News 8 the group has until January 1st, or the lake will be filled and the grass will be replaced with drought friendly landscape.

Lawn said $35,000 has been raised and continues to lobby support.

The president of the Bernardo Town Center Private Owners Association said he supports Lawn’s efforts to save the lake.

Councilman Mark Kersey said he is working to dedicate $10,000 to save Webb Lake. It still needs council approval.

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