Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project

Project Location:  First Street West Frontage of Depot Park

Project Purpose:  Reduce the risk of flooding for homes and businesses along First Street West and improve safety for people traveling along First Street West during storms, while retaining an open drainage channel along Depot Park.

Flooding on First Street East at Depot ParkProject Description:  First Street West near Depot Park regularly floods during even relatively minor storms.  This flooding occurs because the drainage channel along the east side of First Street West near Depot Park is too small to convey stormwater runoff from the large watershed above it, which includes much of the Mountain Cemetery and large portions of Norrbom Road.

During winter storms in 2019, a corrugated metal pipe at the downstream end of this drainage channel collapsed, resulting in a sinkhole in a paved crossing over the drainage channel. Temporary repairs helped keep the drainage flowing through the channel for rest of the rainy season, but the crossing has been indefinitely closed and is no longer needed following changes in solid-waste collection operations at the park.

The project widened the problematic drainage channel to alleviate flooding and permanently repaired the area where the corrugated metal pipe collapsed at the downstream end of the channel. The project began with demolition and disposal of existing concrete, asphalt, and Eucalyptus roots that were restricting the channel’s capacity. The drainage channel was then  re-graded and rock slope protection, a boulder weir, a new cast-in-place concrete retaining wall, seed mix, and biodegradable coir mat were installed to protect the new channel against erosion. On the Depot Park side of the channel, a new concrete pathway and a pedestrian guardrail along the new retaining wall were installed to ensure safe access for pedestrians to the park’s picnic areas.

The widened channel is being revegetated through a grant-funded collaboration between the City of Sonoma, the County of Sonoma, and the Sonoma Ecology Center.  This part of the project includes planting native wetland plants in the channel bottom as well as planting new trees and shrubs along the channel bank and upland areas between the channel and the park’s picnic areas.

Measure M Sales Tax at WorkProject Funding:

Quimby Act Funds
Gas Taxes
Transportation Measure M Funds

Project Status: On-site construction work began on September 14, 2020 and concluded on January 8, 2021. The revegetation work to be completed by the City of Sonoma, the County of Sonoma, and the Sonoma Ecology Center began on January 11, 2021 and is anticipated to conclude on January 22, 2021.

Depot Park First Street East Improvement Project Before
Depot Park First Street East Improvement Project Current
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