Originally named “Resilient South City” during the Resilient by Design Challenge, the current focus of the project team is on habitat restoration and public access along Colma Creek and better connections to the Bay shoreline. Following the Resilient Bay Area challenge, two grants have been awarded to support this phase of the project, an SB1 Grant via Caltrans with support from MTC and BARC, and a Priorities Conservation Area (PCA) grant via MTC and the State Coastal Conservancy.

The project team is developing adaptation concepts for the Colma Creek corridor in South San Francisco, between Orange Memorial Park & the Bay Trail. Sections of this corridor experience flooding and the community has limited access to a shoreline blocked by transportation infrastructure and industry. This project, which emerged from a Resilient by Design concept, seeks to transform the current concrete flood control channel that is Colma Creek into more of an asset for the community, while also enhancing community access to the Bay shoreline through a series of active public spaces along Colma Creek and recommended improvements to circulation.

In the meantime, the Hassell Team is conducting public engagement to build awareness of Colma Creek and gain input on adaptation options, including holding community outreach events and walking tours of Colma Creek with youth from South San Francisco. The Hasell team will develop adaptation concepts to improve public access for walking and cycling along the creek and to improve access for this community to the Bay. You can follow their efforts here.