For those who travel La Jolla Village Drive, are part of the UCSD campus community, or frequent performances at the La Jolla Playhouse, a greatly improved south campus entry experience awaits.
A once unused yet irrigated lawn along North Torrey Pines Road is now a campus stormwater feature. It is an inviting space; a visually pleasing waypoint for drivers, but also caters to the numerous pedestrians and bicyclists who travel this campus route daily. According to the interpretive sign panel, it was designed to conserve water resources, improve water quality, attract wildlife, and promote watershed stewardship.
A planted bioswale reveals stormwater runoff from hardscape portions of Revelle College, including three parking lots, and leads to a terraced garden designed to slow and filter the carried pollutants. It all begins to make sense as you take a seat at the upper terrace and admire the unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean beyond. The flowers, bursting in color and scent (shout out to the 2018-19 winter rains) are working their petals overtime as they drink in pollutants from a sea of impervious surfaces that would otherwise surge towards the sea below.