City’s first ‘green street’ now open

The City’s first and one of the nation’s longest “Green Streets” was celebrated and opened September 15 along Dixieanne avenue in North Sacramento. With the event’s conclusion, the gateway to the Swanston Light Rail Station is now walkable and sustainable, as well as beautiful. The sidewalk/streetscape drainage project (similar to the “Green Streets” throughout Portland, Oregon) was the idea of District 2 Councilmember Sandy Sheedy. The project stretches five blocks from Evergreen Street to the Regional Transit station.

“Today is truly one of the highlights of my many years in public service. Not only has this pilot project transformed a neglected street into a street people will enjoy walking, we hope the project will be a template for creativity in streetscape projects throughout the city, county and nation,” Sheedy said at the opening day event.  “I believe this qualifies as ‘thinking outside the box.’”

The $2 million project was funded through Community Reinvestment Act Bonds designated for infrastructure improvements in Council District 2 and through redevelopment funds from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. The City’s Department of Transportation managed the engineering design and construction.

The pilot project means sidewalks for residents and businesses in areas that have never had sidewalks; new sidewalks in others; ornamental streetlights; and planter strips featuring 100 trees, 200-plus shrubs and 4000 perennial grasses planted over a new storm drainage system, instead of a traditional curb and gutter. Also, instead of a typical mow strip, several planter strips double as detention basins for storm water runoff to collect and percolate through the soil before it flows into nearby streams and rivers. Fences were repaired or added to complement the new walkways.

The project also includes six streetscape elements of leaves indigenous to Sacramento. The metal and steel elements were designed by local craftsman Larry Meeks and range from four to six feet tall.

More project details are available at

Linda Tucker is the public information officer for the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation.

  • Bill Burgua

    Congratulations to Council Member Sheedy, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and the City’s Department of Transportation. What a great improvement to an area that could really use it. I look forward to seeing the trees and vegetation mature. It looks great now but it will only get better. Folks are much more willing to walk to transit when the route is pleasant and interesting. This project really fits with the City of Sacramento’s commitment to livable, sustainable mixed use neighborhoods where residents use public transportation. I encourage readers to go to the link above and look at the details of the project

  • Casey Kirk

    Thanks for writing about this Linda. The street looks great and will only continue to improve as the greenery grows.

  • hopefully people use it.


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