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Caltrans celebrates completion of new Clean California project in Santa Ana

Contact: Christian Smith

Phone: (424) 413-1104

SANTA ANA – Caltrans and the City of Santa Ana celebrated the completion of the Clean California King Street Urban Greening Project on July 1, which includes the grand opening of King Street Park.

The project was made possible by a $1.49 million grant from Governor Gavin Newsom's Clean California initiative – a comprehensive, multi-year, $1.2 billion cleanup effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces. The project also received local and federal funding totaling $600,000.

City officials, residents and Caltrans representatives attended the grand opening at the new park at the intersection of 10th and King Streets.

“Clean California provided an opportunity for Caltrans and the City of Santa Ana to work together toward our shared goal of improving equity and quality of life in our communities,” said Lan Zhou, Director of Caltrans District 12. “This project will boost morale, create safer gathering spaces, and create a more environmentally resilient neighborhood for generations to come.”

The new 10,000-square-foot park includes two bioretention basins with layers of plants, soil and gravel designed to filter out pollutants as stormwater flows into the underground infiltration system. This system can capture up to 100,000 gallons of rainwater per rainfall and deliver filtered water to the Santa Ana River basin, helping to improve local water supplies and reduce flooding.

Park features also include drought-tolerant landscaping, shade trees, bike and walking paths, educational signs with waste reduction and watershed information, community art elements, a new mural and energy-efficient lightbulbs.

“The City of Santa Ana is grateful to Caltrans for their ongoing partnership and continued support for a sustainable future in Santa Ana,” said Mayor Valerie Amezcua. “Their generous $1.5 million grant to the King Street Urban Greening Project funded an innovative approach to managing stormwater runoff and helped us deliver another project with multiple benefits to our citizens. Caltrans and the Clean California Initiative are helping the City make significant progress in creating a healthier and more resilient community.”

Since launching Clean California in July 2021, Caltrans and its local partners have collected more than 2.5 million cubic yards of trash—enough to cover nine lanes of Interstate 5 from San Diego to the Canadian border with one inch of trash. This represents a significant increase compared to the department's previous trash collection efforts and is largely attributed to Clean California as well as other Caltrans trash cleanup efforts. Caltrans has hosted more than 500 free trash pickup days in communities across the state—resulting in the collection of over 12,000 mattresses and nearly 50,000 tires. The initiative has attracted more than 10,000 community cleanup volunteers and created 15,000 jobs, including positions for individuals who were formerly incarcerated, on parole, or experiencing housing insecurity.

In Orange County alone, Clean California has invested more than $60 million, including $15 million in local grant projects, $22 million in highway curb improvement projects and $23 million in trash collection efforts.

To learn more about Clean California’s impact in Orange County, visit dot.ca.gov/D12CleanCA.

For more information about transportation and other infrastructure projects funded with state and federal funds, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov and Build.ca.gov.

Left: Stormwater seeps through the park's drought-resistant landscape and is treated by an underground infiltration system. Right: Bike and pedestrian paths from Fairview Avenue to King and 10th Streets.

Left: Rainwater seeps through the park's drought-resistant landscape and is treated by an underground infiltration system.

Right: Bike and pedestrian paths from Fairview Avenue to King Street and 10th Street.

Lan Zhou, Caltrans District 12 Director, talks about Clean California, a funding source for the project.

Lan Zhou, Caltrans District 12 Director, talks about Clean California, a funding source for the project.

Entrance to the new pocket park.

Entrance to the new pocket park.

The formerly unused property at the intersection of 10th and King Street.

The formerly unused property at the intersection of 10th and King Street.