Sausal Creek Restoration Project

The project features improved visibility of the creek, an ADA-accessible interpretive pedestrian pathway, enhanced native rainbow trout habitat, new native trees and vegetation, and a new public restroom. This site will offer creek-related educational opportunities while improving water quality and flood control, creating habitat, reducing erosion, and protecting the adjacent roadway and homes.



Project Overview

The goal of the Sausal Creek Restoration Project in Dimond Park is to create a sustainable, safe and healthy creek environment for fish, wildlife, adjacent properties and park users.

The Sausal Creek restoration project is a collaborative effort by the City of Oakland, the Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District and the Friends of Sausal Creek. The restoration focuses on the creek that runs through Dimond Park below Wellington Street. The project will remove the culvert below Wellington to open up a long-buried stretch of creek, and widen the existing creek to create a more stable, natural and diverse riparian corridor. Please watch the brief video discussing the restoration project.

Project Elements
  • Remove over 250 feet of underground culvert and concrete spillway
  • Daylight new creek and re-grade existing creek banks to a more gentle slope
  • Plant thousands of new native plants and trees
  • Reconfigure the creek to improve flood capacity, create stability and restore natural habitat
  • Create a new ADA-accessible walking path with environmental education interpretive features
Project Priority Goals
  • Preserve the maximum number of trees possible
  • Protect public and private infrastructure
  • Protect native rainbow trout and provide trout passage to upstream habitat
  • Decrease erosion and improve water quality
  • Improve creek wildlife habitat

Project Plan

Sausal Creek Schematic

Sausal Creek Restoration Graphic