Improving Forest Hill Park and Realizing City Sustainability Goals

Improving Forest Hill Park and Realizing City Sustainability Goals
By Jay Lu

Thanks to agency partners, community support and Supervisor Yee, the Forest Hill Irrigation Improvement Project was completed in late June. This project aims to conserve water, increase biodiversity, and improve the park conditions at the Forest Hill transit station.

Forrest Hill Station with new sod and irrigation system

Funded by SFMTA and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Large Landscape Grant Program, the project has upgraded the station area’s 40-year-old irrigation system and replaced the existing sod with a new variety that requires less water. The project also introduced drought tolerant and native plants selected with input from the community which will surround the historic Forest Hill station that opened to transit service in 1918.

In addition, a Nature Exploration Area was constructed as part of the project with funding and design by SF Rec & Park. The five-month construction started in February 2020. To give the new sod ample time to establish, the park will remain closed until mid-August.

By saving up to 442,494 gallons of water per year, the project, a multiple city agency collaboration by the SFMTA, SFPUC, Public Works and Rec & Park, supports citywide water conservation, biodiversity and sustainability goals at the Forest Hill Station.

The SFMTA wants to take this opportunity to thank our community partners, Supervisor Yee and our sister agencies for their support in shaping the design and moving the innovative project forward.

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Published July 22, 2020 at 01:03AM

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