The proposed park at 17th and Folsom streets has abandoned plans for a wet weather storage basin to manage storm water and construction of the park will proceed without a year-long delay, according to Jean Walsh, the communications manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The park now has a tentative opening date of sometime in the summer of 2015, Walsh wrote in a press release. Earlier, it appeared that the wet weather storage basin would delay park construction and the commission was considering different projects to stand in for a park during the delay.
One of those included an idea by Rebar to create a place for food trucks.
Now those ideas have been shelved. Walsh’s statement said that “In the course of evaluating the project and the technical performance of the storage basin, SFPUC determined the project’s limited capacity to manage stormwater would not make enough of a beneficial impact locally to justify the high costs to San Francisco ratepayers.”
The park’s location is in a low-lying area where there has been flooding in the past and the utility’s commission offered other help.
In the short term, to help residents and businesses better manage stormwater, the SFPUC has an innovative grant program that reimburses property owners for installing protective measures on their properties. Renters can work with their landlords to help them take advantage of this opportunity. To learn more and apply, visit: www.sfwater.org/FloodwaterGrants.