Water district officials say McKelvey Park flood basin project nearing completion

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Construction crews work last week on the flood detention basin project at McKelvey Park in Mountain View. In a deal with the city, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is funding several park improvements, including new bleachers, sports fields and a mini-park with a playground, in exchange for permission to construct the 18-foot deep basin at the park site. The basin is designed to accommodate a 100-year flood, according to water district officials.

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials reported last week that the McKelvey Park Detention Basin Project is making “significant progress” despite the record year of rain delaying work.

According to Gary Kremen, a board member who represents District 7, which covers Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, the work is targeted for completion by late July.

Located at Miramonte Avenue and Park Drive just south of El Camino Real, the project includes new and/or improved baseball fields, concession stands, bleachers and scoreboards. The Mountain View City Council approved the water district’s 18-foot-deep basin project in 2013 in exchange for the park upgrades.

Designed to accommodate a 100-year flood, the McKelvey Park basin is one of two basin projects of the larger Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project, which water district officials claim will provide natural flood protection for approximately 2,200 properties in Mountain View and Los Altos. The other basin is at Santa Clara County’s Rancho San Antonio Park.

“Hopefully it will get some people out from paying mandatory flood insurance,” Kremen said.

Crews are currently working on the interior and exterior finishes at McKelvey Park.

“The sidewalks that surround the park are new and in use,” Kremen said. “The sections of Park Drive and Miramonte Avenue that required utility relocations and upgrades have been repaved.”

In addition, a 0.7-acre mini park with a playground is nearing completion and a new pedestrian bridge is in place. The bridge serves as a walking path through the park for access to either Miramonte Avenue or Mountain View Avenue.

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