Bridge District Water Facility and Park Project Wins International Award


West Sacramento Bridge District Water Facility and Jerome D. Barry ParkThe American Public Works Association (APWA), a professional organization of 28,000 worldwide members, has selected the Bridge District Water Facility and Jerome D. Berry Park Project as its 2015 Project of the Year for its qualifying category. This honor puts the City of West Sacramento in elite company representing the very best in the public works profession.


West Sacramento Bridge District Water Facility and Jerome D. Barry Park at nightThe dual purpose project, located on a two acre property off Ballpark Drive west of Raley Field, features the Bridge District Water Facility and Jerome D. Barry Park, named for a former justice of the peace. The park is adjacent to the Ironworks development, off Tower Bridge Gateway. The park and water storage facility, which opened in February 2014, replaced a former industrial site. The 3-million gallon distribution facility provides potable water for the growing Bridge District along with needed fire flow capacity for the northern portion of West Sacramento.

Project Design & Construction Challenges

Most water projects are located in areas away from public viewing. Efforts are made to bury the pipes, paint storage reservoirs to blend in with natural surroundings, and put up walls to keep away onlookers. The value of water infrastructure is hidden away.

West Sacramento’s District Water Facility and Jerome D. Berry Park Project bucks the trend of hiding infrastructure. Instead, the facility’s lighting and design complements the modern, industrial theme of the Ironworks neighborhood and continually reminds the public of their connection to water.

Not a single building permit in Bridge District could have been issued without an adequate potable water storage facility in place to meet the projected water demands and fire protection requirements.

The pump station itself includes view portals, shaped like pipe flanges, to enable children and adults to peer inside the facility to observe the pumps that supply water to their community. The park’s theme of bringing water to the community uses multicolored pipes, radiating from the tank into the park and its furnishings. At night, the industrial theme of the area allows the pipes on the tank to be backlit with LED lights of the same color, continuing the concept of the water tank emanating out into the district.

From conceptual development to final design, public outreach figured heavily into all phases of the design. This included several public meetings both in the neighborhood and at city hall.

The most common solution for incorporating a large storage tank into a city park is to bury it, such as under a ball field. However, during preliminary design, engineers realized this would not be an option here due to poor soil conditions and high groundwater table.

The alternate decision integrates the tank and pump station as a centerpiece of the park- it celebrates the infrastructure instead of attempting to hide it. Using water as a theme for the park showcases the connectivity between water and the residents of the growing district.


By Vin Cay, Senior Civil Engineer



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