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Construction of the green infrastructure nodes is complete! Street base construction & paving on Rutland is scheduled to begin October 15 and complete late November. Fencing remains at the Leland Rain Gardens while RPD continues construction of the adjacent community garden. The entire site is expected to be open spring 2019. Please watch our video tour of the new green infrastructure in Visitacion Valley!

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Project Factsheet
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 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.

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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: 12/5/2018 9:45:32 AM