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New 'Sky Oaks Gateway' Promises Enhanced Visor Services

The goals of the project are to reduce traffic congestion at the entrance and to provide basic visitor services.

New 'Sky Oaks Gateway' Promises Enhanced Visor Services
The following is a news release from the Marin Municipal Water District: 

The Marin Municipal Water District will be making improvements to the district’s main visitor entrance to the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed on Sky Oaks Road beginning Monday, May 5. The entrance will remain open to visitors during the two-month construction period.

The goals of the project are to reduce traffic congestion at the entrance and to provide basic visitor services. The self-serve parking pass machine, currently located on Sky Oaks Road, will be relocated off the road to eliminate the line that forms at its current location. Once the project is finished, vehicles with annual permits will no longer have to wait in line behind vehicles that must stop to purchase a daily parking permit. The parking pass machine, along with a second, new one, will be moved about 500 feet beyond the watershed offices to an area that is currently used informally for visitor parking.

Other project improvements include:

  • Designation of 14 parking spaces on a permeable surface,
  • an ADA-accessible parking space,
  • Bike parking and hitching posts for horses,
  • A shade structure and benches,
  • A Portable toilet,
  • Trash and recycle bins,
  • Drinking water,
  • A display kiosk, and
  • Landscaping with native trees and shrubs.

To enhance water quality and natural habitat, bioswales will be constructed around the new visitor area. A bioswale is a shallow depression in the earth designed to accept and convey storm water runoff. A bioswale uses natural means, including vegetation and soil, to reduce peak storm water flows and to filter out any contaminants.

Dan Macdonald AIA Architects Inc. of Novato provided architectural services for the project. MMWD crews will build the new entrance. Construction project hours will be weekdays, 7 am to 3 pm.

Click here for a  drawing of the improved entrance.

For questions or more information, contact the Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters at 415-945-1189 or watershed@marinwater.org.

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