Fred Jackson Way Rain Gardens Project

COMPLETED: January 2023

We began the first phase of farm construction in the Fall of 2022, with the Fred Jackson Way Rain Gardens Project. We completed the Fred Jackson Way Project in January 2023!

The Fred Jackson Way Rain Gardens replaced the trash and weed-filled ditches along Fred Jackson Way (which run along the west side of the North Richmond Farm) with a sidewalk, a bike lane, and rain gardens. Adding sidewalks and bike lanes along the length of Fred Jackson Way create safe pedestrian access to the farm for local North Richmond residents.

These new rain gardens will filter pollutants from the roadway, sending cleaner, filtered rainwater to nearby San Pablo Creek.  Runoff from over 14,000 square feet of roadway will be treated by the new Fred Jackson Way Rain Gardens.

Urban Tilth was awarded a Coastal Conservancy Grant in 2015 to design the Rain gardens along Fred Jackson Way. We partnered with the County and The Watershed Project in 2017, to create the North Richmond Watershed Connections Project, which includes the Rain gardens project and provides sidewalk and bike lane extending all the way from the North Richmond residential area to the Farm, connecting to the local ballfields and Wildcat Creek Trail along the way.   This project was awarded a Proposition 1 grant by the State Coastal Conservancy to fund construction.


Phase I: Underground Utilities and Site Grading

Start Date: June 2023

Est. Completion Date: December 2023

In June 2023, we started the site grading and installing underground utilities (sanitary sewer, water, and storm drain) to the site.  As of November 1, 2023 we have install almost all underground utilities, connected the farm to the West County Waste Water system. We are now just waiting for a building permit to move our temporary office over to the adjacent property at 411 Brookside Drive so the ground underneath the the trailer can be graded and the final utilities in that area installed. We look forward to completing this phase before the end of 2023.

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