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Construction has completed!

Construction of the Visitacion Valley Green Nodes has completed, and McLaren Community Garden has re-opened! Join Polly, Utility Analyst for the SFPUC, as she gives a short tour of the two locations of the project.  

  Project Materials

Project Fact Sheet
30 Day Construction Notice
Leland Rain Gardens Notice

• Presentation 10/19/13
• Workshop Boards 10/19/13
• Presentation 2/19/14 
• Workshop Boards 2/19/14

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The project develops two distinct green infrastructure locations that improves community spaces and accessibility while helping manage stormwater. The mini-plaza on Sunnydale Avenue features rain gardens that manage 180,000 million gallons of stormwater each year (0.18 MG) from nearly a half acre of adjacent streets, and creates a community gathering space as well as improves pedestrian crossing safety at the busy intersection. The terraced rain gardens in McLaren Park will manage 600,000 gallons of stormwater each year (0.6 MG) from approximately 1.5 acres of impervious surface and provide a pedestrian connection to McLaren Park from Leland Avenue.

The Visitacion Valley Green Nodes project is a part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion-dollar citywide investment required to upgrade our aging sewer system. The SSIP is the result of an eight-year community planning process and will ensure a reliable, sustainable and seismically safe sewer system now and in the future. The project is one of eight demonstration projects in each of SF’s urban watersheds to evaluate GI stormwater management performance.

This project is a partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and San Francisco Public Works.

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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 this SF Recreation and Parks website for more information.

Public Engagement

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.

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Sunnydale Rutland  Mini-plaza

Future Maintenance

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.

Last updated: 9/12/2019 9:37:14 AM