Bush Street pocket park design approved

Pocket park set to be built in San Pablo
Future site of Bush Avenue Pocket Park (Photo by Kathy Chouteau).

The San Pablo City Council on Monday approved the design of the Bush Avenue pocket park. Construction is expected to begin in January and be completed by June 2024.

The long-planned park will locate in a vacant, former single-family home property at Bush Avenue and 17th Street. The city purchased the 5,000 square foot site in 2015 and worked to transform it into a park.

Following a lengthy planning process that included the procurement of state grants and community outreach, city staff unveiled the final design for the park last month and presented it before the Council on Monday.

The park will feature play structures for various ages and varied abilities, including swings. A fitness station, 10 concrete cube seats, bike racks and a water fountain with a bottle refill station and also a pet fountain are also part of the project. The color-scheme for the pocket park will include green, orange and silver. A shade structure is in the plans, along with solar bollard lights and shrubs that don’t grow above four feet to increase visibility.

Five different species of trees will be planted, and a variety of shrubs, mostly native plant species.

A sign will be installed at the entrance of the park. The park’s name has yet to be decided and will need to go before City Council.

The total project is estimated to cost $975,000, supported by city funds along with a $327,000 grant from the Caltrans Clean California Local Grant Program and $196,899n from the California State Parks Per Capita Grant Program.