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Rain Gardens along Sunset Boulevard Coming Soon

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Tiered Rain Gardens at 36th Avenue and Noriega Street

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Learning Lab at 37th Avenue and Quintara Street

Wide streets with large landscaped areas provide many opportunities for improving stormwater management in the area. We've asked for your help to identify the community’s priorities for improving the local landscape, such as habitat enhancement, trail and transit access, educational opportunities, and pedestrian amenities. The rain garden design concepts reflect the natural topography and soil conditions of Sunset Boulevard, which are incredibly supportive of stormwater infiltration. Proposed rain gardens along Sunset Boulevard can improve stormwater management for more than 20 acres of paved surfaces in the Sunset District.

Another exciting feature of this project is the Learning Lab that is being designed to provide an educational setting on a variety of related subjects including stormwater and the hydrologic cycle, conservation, ecology, biology, native plants, and other environmental topics. Local schools are helping us program this Learning Lab and create related curriculum.

Community Engagements

During the Alternatives Analysis phase, we presented to the following community groups to discuss the public feedback we have received, next steps for the project, and ask for input on project alternatives. We also hosted two coffee talks near the northern and southern project area to raise awareness about the project and collect feedback.

  • Sunset Community Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the W
    est Sunset Playground, (Ortega Street @ 39th Avenue), from 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • People of Parkside/Sunset on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Taraval Police Station Community Room 2345 24th Avenue from 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • Outer Sunset Merchants Association on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 2401 Irving Street from 5:30 - 7:00pm
  • Inner Sunset Park Neighbors on Tuesday, October 15 at the County Fair Building, Lincoln and 9th Ave from 7:30-9:30pm 
  • Sunset Residents Association on Monday, October 28 in Garage at 2200 Kirkham at 6pm
  • SHARP SF (Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People) on Monday, October 28 at Community Room 1736 – 9th Avenue from 7-8pm
  • Project Coffee Chat on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30pm at Java Beach cafe 1396 La Playa Street
  • SPUR on Monday, December 2 at 6:00pm at 654 Mission Street
  • Project Coffee Chat on Friday, December 6 from 10am-12pm at Java Beach cafe 2650 Sloat Blvd

If you would like to request a presentation for your community group, please email us at


Improving Our Sewer System and Benefiting the Community

Picture of Sunset Community Workshop on 7.25.13

The Sunset Boulevard Greenway will feature innovative green infrastructure technologies, which may include rain gardens to naturally capture stormwater and allow it to soak into the landscape before it enters our combined sewer system. Because the majority of the City’s surfaces are paved, stormwater has no place to go other than the sewer, which overwhelms the system and may result in neighborhood flooding.


Proposed Green Features

  • Rain gardens: Create functional landscaping to manage stormwater in undeveloped green areas 

Project Timeline:

  • Planning:  Winter 2013 – Spring 2014
  • Design: Spring 2014 – Summer 2015
  • Construction: Summer 2015 – Summer 2016

Additional improvements:

  • Enhance habitat for local plants and wildlife
  • Provide community space
  • Beautify the Sunset District
  • Increase public education about Green Infrastructure
  • Create real life green science opportunities for local youth  
 Factsheet and 
Workshop Materials
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Last updated: 2/11/2015 12:50:25 PM