A rendering of Baker Beach Green Street improvements on El Camino del Mar
between the Lands End trailhead and the Legion of Honor
Next Tuesday night, the SFPUC is hosting a public meeting about the Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach.
The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues.
From the project website:
During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Rain gardens, permeable paving, and other green infrastructure technologies are stormwater management technologies that take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and divert stormwater runoff so it does not overwhelm the sewer system. Green infrastructure also cleans stormwater onsite before it enters our sewer system.
The Baker Beach Green Street is one of eight green infrastructure projects the SFPUC is planning to build 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.
The project’s goals are to improve water quality at Baker Beach and China Beach and reduce localized flooding by integrating rain gardens into existing parkland and neighborhood, and introducing permeable concrete to reduce stormwater runoff.
Construction will also improve pedestrian and cyclist accessibility on El Camino Del Mar, and create habitats for birds and butterflies using California native plants.
At the August 26 open house, project managers will present the final designs for El Camino Del Mar, Sea Cliff Ave, and 25th Avenue. According to the project schedule, construction will kick off in summer 2015 and last until Summer 2016.
The meeting will take place from 6pm until 7pm at Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California Street near 32nd Avenue.