The Town of San Anselmo has three major medians – Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (SFD) from Bolinas Avenue to the Hub, Red Hill Avenue from the Hub to Sequoia Drive, and Center Boulevard from Madrone Avenue to San Anselmo Avenue. The three medians are in need of improvements. The Department of Public Works is working on a Master Plan for the three medians to come up with a comprehensive plan to install new irrigation, landscaping, trees, drainage and bioretention.
The Master Plan creates the vision for the medians to move forward to obtain funding, design, and ultimately construction. The medians have recently been identified in a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) which helps make them grant eligible for future funding. The medians are not only important aesthetically but could play an integral part in cleaning stormwater runoff into our creeks, minimizing localized flooding (not regional flooding), and help to recharge groundwater if built correctly with bioswales, bioretention, etc. This is also important to insure that the Town complies with current and future mandated stormwater regulations.
Between potential grant sources, private donors, and other means of funding the Town is endeavoring to rehabilitate the medians and keep them as a beautiful asset in Town. The Median Master Plan is just one step in this direction and ultimately funding for not only construction but long term maintenance needs to be found.
Two Community meetings were held on February 16 and October 12, 2017. On March 27, 2018, at the Town Council meeting, the Red Hill Median design was approved with funding for design and construction.