The pavers are in and the plants are growing – Highland Park Improvement Club’s parking lot has gone from asphalt to paradise! After the community muscle tore up the asphalt (learn more below), Eagle Rock Construction graded the site and installed Eco-Priora pavers – allowing 100% infiltration of the rain that falls on the courtyard.
The community enjoys a fully planted right of way and a berry hedge – thanks to the hard work of Boeing Volunteers on Earth Day. This finished project is benefiting our waterways and wildlife all while providing a beautiful space fo the community.
Keep an eye for opportunities to check out this new space! Can you think of an area that deserves more green, less asphalt in Seattle? Contact us at [email protected]
When Depave came to HPIC…
On March 22, 2014, over 40 Highland Park neighbors worked with Sustainable Seattle, Stewardship Partners and Depave to pull up almost 3500 square feet of asphalt – making way for permeable pavers and native plants! This effort was fueled by the muscle of neighbors, as they worked together to chop up and haul the asphalt. When it was all said and done, over 40 tons of asphalt was on its way to be recycled in South Park.
Photo credits to Rain Dog Designs.
Caffe Vita and Mighty-O Donuts fueled the start of the day and a Highland Park neighbor provided a delicious lunch for the hard workers.
This effort was the first pilot in King County of the Depave model, originating in Portland. Through its work, Depave works to remove unnecessary pavement from urban areas, creating community green spaces and mitigating stormwater runoff. And that is exactly what we did at HPIC! Working with Stewardship Partners, we are excited to see this model spread throughout Seattle and King County.
The Highland Park Depave and the Greening Highland Park project is made possible through Green Grants from King County Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvement Grants.
What is the Project?
Sustainable Seattle is excited to be a part of the greening project at Highland Park Improvement Club! With funding support from a King County Lower Duwamish Air and Water Quality Improvement Grants, Sustainable Seattle is working with HPIC and the broader community to design and install rain gardens, cisterns and other forms of green infrastructure on the club’s property. These features will beautify the property and help prevent polluted runoff from entering our local waterways!
The project will also serve as a demonstration site and educational opportunity for the surrounding neighbors. The community is encouraged to take an active part in this project and learn about they can have an impact at home! This could include taking advantage of the RainWise program by installing a cistern or rain garden on your property. There are many ways to reduce your impact on the stormwater pollution! Contact us to learn more: