Alta Plaza Park (North) Water Conservation Improvements Community Meeting #1 February 4, 2014 Agenda • Welcome & Introductions • Other Park Deficiencies • Program and Project Background • Park Analysis & Proposed Concept • Discussion and Public Comments • Next Steps Ground Rules • Keep to the agenda • Turn off cell phones • Raise your hand to speak • Direct comments to the facilitator • Be respectful when others speak Working together will make this a productive meeting! Purpose of Meeting To provide an opportunity for public input on the planning for water conservation improvements at Alta Plaza Park. (Please direct facility maintenance questions to Zack Taylor at [email protected] Thank you.) Other Park Deficiencies • Sidewalk Seepage • Park Pathways • Excessive Weeds Sidewalk Seepage Condition: Constant water seepage onto sidewalk. Water is from undetermined source(s). Status: Working with Sup. Farrell’s office to request General Funds for french drain behind retaining walls. Park Pathways Condition: Deteriorating, uneven pathways Status: Working with Sup. Farrell’s office to request General Funds for pathway replacement at Scott St. entrance. Temporary paving repairs through work order. Excessive Weeds Condition: Excessive weeds on the newly planted south side, possibly due to disturbance of seed bank. Status: Consulting with Delta Bluegrass to restore nomow grasses. Contractor to assist. Good recovery expected in 90 days from start of work. Purpose of Meeting To provide an opportunity for public input on the planning for water conservation improvements at Alta Plaza Park. (Please direct facility maintenance questions to Zack Taylor at [email protected] Thank you.) Project Team Marvin Yee, PM Capital Zack Taylor, Ops Manager Andrea Alfonso, Land. Arch. Lizzy Hirsch, Land. Arch. Amanda Dougherty, PM RPD RPD DPW DPW PUC Program Background • 2012 “Clean and Safe” Park Bond – Water Conservation Program • SFPUC’s Grant Assistance for Large Landscape Retrofits Program • Maximize water savings through conservation and innovation Replace irrigation system Improve system design and efficiency Plant no-mow lawn Plant lawn alternative Program Background Alamo Square - $1,318,485 Grant Award • Replace irrigation system • Replace irrigation controller • Install booster pump • 3.26 MGY savings (37% reduction) Balboa Park - $120,180 Grant Award • Replaced booster pump • Replaced irrigation controller • Improved watering coverage Jefferson Square Park - $1,063,980 Grant Award • Replaced entire irrigation system • Installed state-of-the-art irrigation controller • Installed “no mow” grass • Installed drought-tolerant shrubs • 2.14 MGY savings (30% reduction) Jefferson Square Park • • • • • 5-acre park in Western Addition neighborhood $1.06M grant from SFPUC to RPD 2 years of planning, design, and construction 30% reduction in high water-use turf grass, new irrigation system Estimated Water Savings of 2.14 MGY JEFFERSON SQUARE PARK BEFORE & AFTER JEFFERSON SQUARE PARK BEFORE & AFTER JEFFERSON SQUARE PARK BEFORE & AFTER Alta Plaza Park NEED FOR WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENTS • Antiquated irrigation system (30+ years old) • Corroded quick coupler line (70+ years old) • Difficult-to-maintain lawn on steep slopes • Remove lawn at top of retaining walls • Drought emergency declaration Alta Plaza Park WATER CONSERVATION IMPROVEMENTS • Replace irrigation system • Replace quick coupler line • Replace unusable turf with plantings, where appropriate • Install weather-based smart controller Estimated 39% water-use reduction = 2.5 MGY Project Details • Water Conservation Program • 2012 “Clean and Safe” Park Bond ($583,407) • PUC Large Landscape Retrofit Grant ($583,407) • Unified landscape scheme for entire park Planning Process & Schedule • Community Meetings (February – March 2014) • Meeting #1 – Introduction and Public Input • Meeting #2 – Draft Plan and Public Input • Commission Approval (May) • Construction Documents (June – August) • Advertise, Bid and Award (September – December) • Construction (January – April 2015) • Completion – Grand Opening !!! Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Eroded Sloped Areas Facing Playground Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Eroded Hillside at Central Slope Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Playground Planting Areas in Poor Condition Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Sloped Park Entrance at Scott Street Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Park Edge Condition at Jackson and Steiner Streets Existing Conditions AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Entrance Planting Opportunity at Jackson Street Site Analysis Alamo SquarePark Park Alta Plaza Proposed Planting Modifications Alamo SquarePark Park Alta Plaza Entry Planting Variations Alamo SquarePark Park Alta Plaza Slope Planting Variations Alamo SquarePark Park Alta Plaza No Mow Ceanothus and Arctostaphylos Mix Understory Planting Variations AL Park Alamo Square Park Alta Plaza Arctostaphylos and Ceanothus Mix Coffeeberry, Monkey Flower and Fern Mix Public Comments • Opportunities & Constraints • Use Patterns • Unique Site Considerations • Other Considerations Proposed Planting Modifications Alamo SquarePark Park Alta Plaza Contact Information Please submit additional comments to: Marvin Yee, Project Manager Recreation and Park Department 30 Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor S.F., CA 94102 Phone: Fax: E-Mail: Website: (415) 581-2541 (415) 581-2540 [email protected] www.sfrecpark.org Thank you!
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