Our current project is the landscaping of our local Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit station in Hamilton.
This project benefits SMART riders, Hamilton Community Residents, local business, south Novato employees, by providing an attractive, visually enhanced, high quality transit experience. It may encourage higher ridership of SMART. It increases local home values, and enhances community cooperative spirit.
SMART does not currently have funds nor plans to landscape the station built at Main Gate Road, Hamilton, Novato.
Community members have an interest in making the station an attractive part of our neighborhood. We have formed a committee of resident members to manage the process, and are working to fund the effort. Our focus has been to install native and drought-tolerant species, to minimize maintenance and water requirements. Due to the large size of the property, we are implementing the project in three phases, explained further below.
Achievements to Date.
• We obtained and planted 90 one-gallon oak tree starts from the Homeward Bound facility in Hamilton. • Temporary storage of the trees was provided by Christina McWhorter at the Hamilton Nursery facility. • Several native plants experts and Landscape Architects visited the site for consultation and suggestions. • Master Gardener Jeanne Ballestero created and updated our final Landscape Plan. • The City of Novato allowed temporary access to City irrigation water. North Marin Water District installed a meter for recycled water. • SMART has reviewed our plans and approved them fully, including temporary water connection to NMWD • Raised $2607 from community members to date • Placed rocks at 10 locations around the site • Installed irrigation lines around all 4 sides of the site, and now provide water to all of the oak trees plus some other plants • Planted numerous wildflower beds.
February 2017 – December 31, 2017 work done: 1. Sheet-mulching and berming in most locations. 2. Planting of additional areas with trees, shrubs, bulbs, wild flowers. 3. Installation of complete, working irrigation system.
2018 Budget - $15,250. 2019 final phase budget: $7,100.