RPD has decided to combine the 2008 Bond project Restroom Renovation with the 2012 Bond project on water conservation to make the process more efficient and less costly.
The objective of the Water Conservation project is to maximize water savings through conservation and innovation by replacing antiquated irrigation systems that are leaking and poorly laid out; improving irrigation design and efficiency, including the installation of “smart” controllers; and planting lawn alternatives, including “no mow” grasses that are native to the western U.S.
Scope of Work
For the Water Conservation portion of the project RPD will replace irrigation system and quick coupler line with water-efficient components and improved layout; install booster pump to address poor water pressure; and replace areas of high-water using lawn with low-water using grasses (aka “no mow” grass), understory plantings and trees where appropriate.
A new ADA accessible restroom will be constructed.
Construction began in early May – at which time, the entirety of the park was closed. The estimated completion is early Spring 2017.
As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Alamo Square Park opening has been delayed due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience and anticipate making an announcement about the park opening by mid-April. In the coming weeks construction will focus on pathway replacement, new planting, and putting … Continue reading
Construction at Alamo Square is currently on track for a spring opening as the contractor will soon be installing the remaining turf, repaving pathways, and putting finishes in the new restroom. The Recreation and Park Commission recently approved additional funding for drainage upgrades and repairs in the park, which will be made concurrent … Continue reading
Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees. Pathway … Continue reading
Today the Painted Ladies viewing area along Steiner Street was relocated to Hayes Street as described here in an earlier blog post. This new viewing area is further uphill than the previous one and offers even better views of the iconic Victorian homes with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Installation of … Continue reading
Completion of the lawn installation is a major project milestone that now offers a more definitive picture of the project schedule. As of mid-November we are anticipating that the new viewing area will open shortly after the New Year at the same time that the original viewing area closes. Irrigation and grading … Continue reading
Following last week’s tree planting, new sod is now being installed at Alamo Square. The hillside along Scott Street is the first area to receive a “no mow” fescue grass, which will be used on steeper slopes throughout the park to create a naturalized landscape. When established, this grass will … Continue reading
The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week. ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, … Continue reading