Flood Basin Meeting to Include Memorial Park Conceptual Graphics

What do you think of plans to turn Memorial Park into a flood water detention basin? Tell us in the comments.


Community members will soon have a chance to see conceptual drawings of what Memorial Park could look like after it is turned into a flood detention basin in San Anselmo. 

The project is part of efforts to avoid another “100-year” flood similar to what drowned the area twice in 30 years.

Creating the catch basin will involve lowering the field at Memorial Park and building berms around the edges, so the park – which would continue to consist of athletic fields and open space – could be filled with water to prevent flooding.

San Rafael-based landscape firm Abey Arnold Associates will present conceptual images of the basin a meeting Monday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the San Anselmo Town Hall Council Chambers, at 525 San Anselmo Avenue.

Town staff wants to hear community feedback and concerns regarding the images and entire project, which town officials are referring to as the “Memorial Park Dual-Use Facility.”

For more information, contact Gerhard Epke at gepke@townofsananselmo.org or 258-4653.


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Sharol Oliver November 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Won't the flood basin create a possibility of flooding to the houses surrounding if the waters get too high?
Jessica Mullins November 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Laura, here's the article: http://patch.com/A-zWn5 Please add a comment to that article if you heard the sirens or say anything.
Tom McInerney December 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
No. The basins as contemplated are for the most part lower than where the current field is, and these will all be engineered to avoid damage to surrounding homes. It's also contemplated the the drainage issues that currently exist in this neighborhood will be vastly improved. This is not a novel concept--there are lots of examples of detention basins near or in residential communities throughout California and the nation.
Rosemary Wakeham December 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The city needs to do something, the way the creek goes through the park is pretty crazy as it is engineered now. Whose brilliant idea was it to bury the creek?
anne December 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
I am very concerned about the roadway intended be built cutting through the existing community center parking lot . This will create a traffic pattern right through our backyard and we already have enough traffic on our front street.


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