08/25/09 - posted by john Martini
The large grass area of Marina Green was excavated in the late 1970s for a huge sewer project. The work went on for months (years?) and involved digging up much of the lawn, constructed a large below-ground storage vault, and then replacing the lawn and landscaping.

It was during this period that the City wanted to remove the railroad tracks paralleling Marina Boulevard but the Army and NPS both insisted they be replaced for future public transit. The solution was to put the tracks back and cover them with asphalt until needed.

(Turns out the U.S. Army owned the tracks, not the City.)

I'm operating without notes here, but my understanding is that the Marina Green construction was part of the same project that resulted in the huge 'holding tank' for storm runoff being built under Great Highway.
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