Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District
to Begin Construction on the Three Creeks Parkway Restoration Project
May 13, 2020, Brentwood, CA – A bright new chapter for Brentwood’s Marsh Creek and area residents starts soon, as construction crews begin working on a multi-benefit flood control, creek restoration, and public recreation project that will make the creek an even greater asset to the local community. The effort will plant trees and vegetation along a nearly one-mile, treeless stretch of Marsh Creek near downtown Brentwood, to improve habitat and water quality for fish and birds and to create a shady, natural creek corridor for residents to enjoy while making sure the community and infrastructure are protected from floods. The project will improve approximately 4,000 linear feet of Marsh Creek at the confluence of Deer and Sand Creek (the three creeks) by widening the channel and planting native vegetation. A shady parkway setting will be planted entirely with California native plants and trees to enhance the trail-user experience. A pedestrian underpass will be built under Central Boulevard, so trail users do not have to cross the busy street when using the Marsh Creek Regional Trail.
Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in partnership with American Rivers, a nonprofit organization (www.americanrivers.org), is beginning construction on the Three Creeks Parkway Restoration Project. This project is located along the Marsh Creek channel and adjacent areas from Sungold Park to Dainty Avenue. Construction work will take place within Flood Control District and City of Brentwood properties starting on May 18, 2020 through December, 2020 between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The Marsh Creek Trail within the project area will be closed during construction. A detour route will be provided. The work to be performed consists, in general, of excavating creek channel banks, constructing abutments for a future pedestrian bridge, installing rock slope protection, installing an irrigation system, and other related work needed to widen the Marsh Creek channel. Social Distancing Protocol will be established and maintained during construction for the duration of the County Health Order.
“This is an exciting step in an important project that will improve wildlife habitat, water quality and flood control. Once completed, people accessing the Marsh Creek trail will see a landscape that will be even more interesting and interactive. During these trying times it is nice to see people get back to work. I urge people to be aware of the detour on the trail and to be patient,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis. “The great news is we will see a new restoration project completed on our beloved creek by the end of the year.”
“The Three Creeks Parkway Restoration Project is a great example of the strong collaboration in East County between local agencies,” added Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor. “It’s been a long time coming, and I’m glad to see this work move forward so that we can continue to connect trails for residents to enjoy.”
“Being able to enjoy, connect with and care for nature in urban areas is more important than ever. Having vibrant, beautiful parks and greenspace nearby is vital to health, happiness and well-being. This project will restore the creek for all to enjoy, and is part of restoring a vital riparian corridor between the eastern flanks of Mount Diablo and the Delta” said Amy Merrill with American Rivers.
Funding for this project is provided by the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Department of Water Resources, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, California Resources Agency, State Coastal Conservancy, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Additional project information is available at https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/5814/Three-Creeks-Parkway-Project.
CONTACT: Construction status, Jacob Jones, 925.522.1518; Project status, Jenna Caldwell, 925.313.2020