|Happy New Year from the Visitacion Valley Green Nodes construction team! We made significant progress throughout 2017 and are on schedule to complete the project early in summer 2018. Last month the retaining walls for the Leland Avenue tiered rain gardens were installed. Sewer and water main work on Sunnydale and Rutland is also underway and will continue throughout January. Click here for photos of the work!
Improving our Sewer System and Benefiting the Community
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The Visitacion Valley Green Nodes Project develops two distinct green infrastructure locations that will improve community spaces and accessibility while helping manage stormwater. The mini-plaza on Sunnydale Avenue features rain gardens to capture stormwater from adjacent streets and create community gathering space as well as improve pedestrian crossing safety at the busy intersection. The terraced rain gardens in McLaren Park will manage stormwater from 18 acres of parkland and Visitacion Avenue and provide a pedestrian connection to McLaren Park from Leland Avenue. Construction is expected from summer 2017 – summer 2018.
The Visitacion Valley Green Nodes is one of eight innovative green infrastructure projects being planned and built throughout the City in the next few years. These projects are part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure now and for generations to come.
McLaren Park Community Garden Coordination
The project team is working with the SF Recreation and Park Department and adjacent Community Garden in McLaren Park to integrate our plans into their upcoming garden improvements. The McLaren Park entrance at Leland Avenue and trail along Visitacion Ave will be closed to the public throughout construction. The community garden will remain open to members. Please visit http://sfrecpark.org/project/mclaren-park-community-garden-improvements/ for more information.
During the planning phase of this project two public workshops and multiple smaller community group meetings were held to solicit public input and feedback on the project. Additionally, location based feedback boxes were posted at potential project locations.
Conceptual Project Rendering: Leland Terraced Rain Gardens
Conceptual Project Plan View: Leland Terraced Rain Gardens
Conceptual Project Plan View: Sunnydale Rutland Mini-plaza
Maintenance plans within green infrastructure will include removal of trash and debris, plant establishment and care, and permeable pavement cleaning. The maintenance schedule and frequency of activities will vary based on the site conditions and needs of the green infrastructure technology employed. The SFPUC will monitor the green infrastructure facilities for proper functioning over time and update maintenance needs and schedules as appropriate.