Community members attending the September 16 Urban Ecology Walk received an update on the Realize Flood Park project from the design team, including San Mateo County Arborist Dan Krug and staff with CMG Landscape Architecture, and project management group CPM.
The design team reviewed the condition of trees as referenced in 2021 Flood Park Inventory Summary Report noting most trees show signs of natural aging and decline. As part of the project, the overall resiliency of the urban forest will be improved through planting species that are more resilient to drought and other conditions related to climate change. Before leading a walk through the park to point out examples of tree decline and identify trees slated for removal during project, the team explained tree protection measures to be implemented during construction.
An update on the project included anticipated completion of pump track construction mid-October and commencement of the next phases of design and construction expected to begin early 2024.
Play Structure Closure: Because certified playground safety inspectors have determined the play structure does not meet current safety standards, it will remain closed. The department plans to move design and construction of a new play area to the second phase of landscape design implementation. Community engagement meetings will be scheduled to receive input on designs.