Robin Greenway and Orchard Drive Culvert
Staff met with neighborhood volunteers on July 11th to discuss and identify native and invasive species that the neighborhood could assist with removing. Several neighborhood members attended along with City staff and coordinated next steps for removing invasive species to enhance the woodland understory planting.
Phase One of this project has been bid and is currently being reviewed for approval. This work includes the construction of storm sewer improvements, vegetated path, and tree removals discussed at PIM 2 and at the site walk through with the neighborhood. It is anticipated that construction will start within the next few weeks. During this phase, Orchard Drive at the stormsewer crossing will close for a few days to complete these improvements. During the brief closure, residents will have access to their driveways. Residents will receive a mailing about seven days before work starts in the street.
Phase Two of the project will be bid this fall and will include installation of trees, shrubs, native seeding, and ecological restoration to restore native understory plants and establish new woodland plants. Phase Two is still in design, but will reflect the design as presented at PIM 2, the site walkthrough with the neighborhood, and select species suggestions by the Habitat Stewardship Committee.
The 2023 Capital Budget adopted a Finance Committee Amendment to fund design and construction for work on the Robin Greenway. This budget amendment includes design and construction to replace the culvert at Orchard Street. It also includes restoration work within the drainage way greenspace to address concerns related to erosion, slope stabilization, tree impacts, access, restoration and long term maintenance of this public property.The City recognizes that this space provides multiple benefits to the community as part of our storm infrastructure. The design process will incorporate public engagement to address community concerns related to tree health, access, vegetation while improving the environmental conditions to minimize erosion, address stormwater impacts and manage long-term vegetation goals. It is important to the City that this space is reflective of shared goals to manage urban ecosystems that serve multiple community and environmental benefits.
Phase One Construction - Begins August, ends in January.
Phase Two Construction - Begins February, sprint planting, landscape and ecological maintenance will continue until 2025.
There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations will be posted once determined.
Public Information Meetings
The City held the following meetings:
- April 11, 2023
- Site walkthrough with neighbors. This meeting notice was sent to the Alder, noticed through the Robin Greenway website updates, and coordinated through neighborhood representatives who helped spread the word and invite community members.
- Design Presented at Site Walkthrough
- March 14, 2023
- In-person Public Information Meeting. This meeting notice was mailed to ~ 800 residents, noticed through the Robin Greenway website, sent to folks who subscribed to receive emails on Robin Greenway through the website, and sent to the Alder.
- March 14th 2023: In Person Meeting Presentation with iClicker Polling
- February 9, 2023
- Online Public Information Meeting: This meeting notice was mailed to ~ 800 residents, noticed through the Robin Greenway website, sent to folks who subscribed to receive emails on Robin Greenway through the website, and sent to the Alder.
- February 9th, 2023: PowerPoint with Online Voting and Breakout Session Notes
- February 9th, 2023: Online Meeting Recorded Presentation
Below is a summary of public engagement from the Public Information Meetings on March 14th and April 11th.
City Process, Meetings
- May 9, 2023 4:30 pm Habitat Stewardship Committee Meeting
Tree Inventory by Tag
Tree Removal Permit Request to City Forestry
Tree Removal Plan
Tree Removal List
Final Design Presented to Community Members on April 11, 2023
Ecological Restoration in Stormwater Ponds and Greenways Story Map