The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has been constructing an interpretive center on our watershed lands in the East Bay with a planned opening in 2024.
The Alameda Creek Watershed Center will showcase the community benefits and public education aspects of the Water Enterprise Environmental Stewardship Policy. It will fulfill our commitment to develop public education and recreation amenities at this site. The Center will be located adjacent to the Sunol Water Temple, as well as the nearby Sunol AgPark and newly-constructed Corporation Yard and Watershed Nursery.
The Alameda Creek Watershed Center will provide a gathering place and educational resource to increase awareness and appreciation of the natural, cultural, scenic and recreational landscape of the Alameda Creek watershed while providing an overview of the critical role played by the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water Supply system, including its history and current operation.
The Alameda Creek Watershed Center features the importance of water in our local ecosystem.
Key elements of the Watershed Center include:
- Exhibit Hall – hands on interactive exhibits telling the unique story of the Alameda Creek Watershed lands
- History Alcoves – educational exhibits describing the history of the Muwekma Ohlone who inhabited the area, early ranching and agriculture in the Valley, construction of the first Calaveras Dam, and construction of the Sunol Water Temple.
- Watershed Discovery Lab – a learning laboratory for students, teachers, and families
- Community Room – a meeting location for local groups
- Watershed Discovery Trail – a two-acre outdoor area that mirrors the watershed’s ecology with native plants, a trail and a meandering stream.
- Picnic Area – restoration of a historic picnic area adjacent to the Sunol Water Temple.
- Trail Hub - The Center will be a hub for a future regional trail system
The Eagle Sculpture serves as reminder of the cultural roots of these lands.
We look forward to welcoming you in 2024.
Our native landscapes educate and inspire visitors to preserve this vital resource.
The interpretive center will provide recreation, education and a connection to the natural landscape.
Please email Jonathan "JP" Streeter or call (628) 615-0940