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Park Avenue Green Streets Pilot Project

Seven locations in four intersections in the Shasta-Hanchett neighborhood of San José were selected for pavement and drainage improvements. Approximately 6,500 square feet of curbside rain gardens and 2,800 square feet of permeable pavers will replace the existing asphalt to filter stormwater from roadways.

The specific design features of the Park Avenue Green Streets Project include:

  • Permeable pavers
  • Rain gardens
Rain garden on University Ave.
Rain garden on University Ave.
Rain garden along Meridian Ave.
Rain garden along Meridian Ave.
Rain garden and permeable pavers on Sunol St.
Rain garden and permeable pavers on Sunol St.

Water Quality Benefits

  • Pollutants, such as oil and grease from cars, filtered from runoff on site

Neighborhood Improvement Benefits

  • Reduced runoff to storm sewer
  • Reduced heat island effect
  • Beautifies neighborhood
  • Provides traffic calming
  • Improved walkability

Protecting Our Watersheds

A watershed is a land area that drains water into a creek, river, lake, or bay. The Guadalupe Watershed is one of the largest watersheds in Santa Clara County and has been identified as a priority watershed due to poor water quality from urban runoff and other pollutants. The Park Avenue project is located near the Guadalupe River that flows through downtown San Jose and into the South San Francisco Bay. This project showcases a cost-effective stormwater management retrofit that benefits the community and the watershed.

Park Avenue Green Streets is a Joint Project of:

  • State Water Board - Providing $859,128 of Proposition 84 Stormwater Grant Program funds for project construction and public outreach.
  • City of San José, Department of Public Works - Providing project design and engineering, construction management and inspection, and project acceptance.
  • City of San José, Environmental Services Department - Providing grant administration, public education and outreach about the project, and conducting pre- and post-project water quality monitoring.

Funding for this project has been provided in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board

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