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Forest Hill Irrigation Improvement Project

Project Introduction

LATEST UPDATE:

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

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. In order to give the new sod ample time to establish, the park will remain closed until mid-August.

In 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.

Photos of the reconstucted park at Forest Hill Station that will open to the public in mid-August:

Overview of Forest Hill Park

Nature Exploration Area

Northeast corner

New Plants yellow

green plant

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Forest Hill Station Irrigation Improvement
Rendering of future park

Starting in early February 2020 and continuing for about five months, construction will break ground to replace the irrigation system behind the Forest Hill Muni Station and add drought-resistant plants and grass to conserve water usage.

Funded by the SFMTA and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s Large Landscape Grant Program, the Forest Hill Irrigation Improvement Project aims to significantly reduce water usage by replacing the station area’s 40-year-old irrigation system. It will also reduce a portion of the sod area, replacing existing sod with a new variety that requires less water, and introducing drought tolerant and native plants selected by the community. 

In saving up to 442,494 gallons of water per year, this project supports water conservation and sustainability goals at the Forest Hill Station in line with the citywide water conservation goals.

A nature exploration area will be constructed by San Francisco Rec & Park at the same time.

Work hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

What to expect during construction?

  • For public safety, the park will be fenced off. Pedestrians can use Plaza Street as detour to the north.
  • Measures will be taken to limit noise and dust during demolitions.

Thank you for your support and understanding while we improve the sustainability of Muni facilities.

Project Timeline 
Summer 2018
Planning
Pending
Fall 2018
Detail Design
Pending
Jan - Apr 2019
Bid & Award Contract
Pending
Feb - Jul 2020
Construction
Pending
Project Status
Implementation / Construction
Contact Information
Public Relations Officer Jay Lu