The construction involved in the creation of the newest portion of Arboretum Drive is complete and almost of all of the landscaping installed on this pedestrian and bikeway-only path formerly known as Old Davis Road.
In order to ease car congestion near the core of campus, “new” Old Davis Road leads visitors from the UC Davis freeway exit all the way to the City of Davis while the new Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) is reserved for bikes and pedestrians. Does none of this make sense to you? Read more about this project and the road changes here.
One of the most exciting parts of this transformation was the creation of an Arboretum entry plaza near the campus’s front door, just past the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to an attractive brick walkway leading visitors into the Mary Wattis Brown Native Plant Garden. The plan is for plazas and pathways like this to appear throughout the Arboretum.
Narrowing the road and creating a thoroughfare for bikes and pedestrians opened up a significant area in need of landscaping. This portion of the project was managed by Stacey Parker, UC Davis Arboretum GATEways horticulturist. Her volunteers teamed up with other Arboretum volunteer gardening teams to create a landscape worthy of this high-profile entrance and transition seamlessly to nearby gardens.
This project also included a new entrance and exit from the UC Davis Arboretum’s T. Elliot Weier Redwood Grove and improved transitions from Arboretum pathways to the road. If you haven’t been to this area of campus in a while, it’s worth a trip just to enjoy a stroll along this new portion of Arboretum Drive without having to worry about car traffic.
CHECK OUT OUR SLIDESHOW of photos documenting the progress of this project.