Chamber Park Parking Lot Green Infrastructure Project Completed


What was once an eyesore at Chamber Park is now a rain garden. As part of the Park District’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Chamber Park parking lot was reconstructed this fall utilizing green infrastructure to capture stormwater runoff. The existing flow of water remains but, rather than collect in the low area of the asphalt paving (See photo on the left.), it is absorbed by a rain garden/naturalized landscaped bio-retention area. With a capacity of 41,732 gallons, the rain garden, newly planted with a variety of native shrubs, perennials and flowers, is depicted in the photo on the right. In addition, seed blankets have been placed in the landscaped islands in the parking lot for added color and interest. Watch the gardens grow this spring!

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago designed to promote green infrastructure practices.