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Greenway Construction Starting Soon!

Stay tuned for updates on construction for the Sunset Boulevard Greenway, which will begin later this summer.

 Rain Gardens along Sunset Boulevard

Image of Concept A for Sunset Boulevard Greenway
Tiered Rain Gardens at 36th Avenue and Noriega Street

Image of Concept B for Sunset Boulevard Greenway

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.

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
Image of the Sunset Green Infrastructure Factsheet
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Last updated: 7/1/2015 3:45:59 PM