IMG_2148Next time you visit Fairview Park City Hall, what you find may surprise you. Work has been completed on an improvement of the City Hall parking lot, resulting in a beautiful new entranceway to the building. However, there is more than meets the eye. Thanks in part to an $84,000 Section 319 Grant from the US and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA), the City Hall parking lot now includes two examples of green infrastructure: permeable pavers and a bioretention cell.

What is green infrastructure? In developed areas like Fairview Park, impervious surfaces (think: parking lots and roofs) prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. Infiltration allows water to be cleaned naturally of pollutants before it reaches and contaminates the nearest body of water. Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that harnesses natural processes and engineered solutions to control and clean stormwater.

At Fairview Park City Hall, both examples of green infrastructure achieve the same outcome. They capture and hold stormwater running off a rear section of City Hall’s roof until it can naturally infiltrate into the ground. The result is stormwater that is treated and cleaned before it reaches our storm sewers or Coe Creek, and then eventually Lake Erie.

A demonstration of City Hall’s new stormwater management tools will be presented at 6:45 pm on Monday, April 25, 2016. The regularly scheduled committee meeting of Fairview Park City Council will immediately follow the demonstration. All are welcome.

Click here to view the project webpage.