Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville

Between Doyle, Hollis, 61st, and 62nd, Emeryville, CA. Map
Landscaping: Gates & Associates

With grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Alameda Clean Water Agency, 1.25 acre Doyle-Hollis Park, Emeryville, flaunts an array of low-impact-development features.

Below, native rushes and dogwoods in a rain garden. The street trees at right were planted in Silva cells (an open plastic framework) or structural soil (growing medium in spaces within a rock framework), tests of media designed to prevent soil compaction and provide enough space in the tree’s rooted area for retaining and filtering runoff. Even the restroom, barely visible at right, has a small green roof!

Bioretention "rain garden" in Doyle Hollis Park, Emeryville

Street runoff reaches rain garden through mesh-covered channels in sidewalk and pipes in concrete apron.
Mesh topped channels in sidewalk and pipes in the concrete apron, above, channel street runoff into the sunken rain garden next to the park’s skateboard area, below. The concrete apron is at right in the photo.
Rain garden next to skate park, Doyle Hollis Park, Emeryville.
Bioretention rain garden, Doyle Hollis Park, Emeryville

Above, a third large sunken rain garden lets runoff sink into soil.

Below, clockwise from left: The restroom’s green roof can barely be seen, even from the top of the slide. One of the plaques that explain the park’s water-saving and pollution-preventing features. Narrow Doyle Street’s planter strips between the park and a nearby community garden have been dug down slightly to catch runoff, and planted with drought-tolerant no-mow grasses.
Green roof on restroom, Doyle Hollis Park, EmeryvillePlaques and signs in park explain water-saving and pollution-preventing features.Planting Strips are dug down slightly to hold runoff