MWRD, Tinley Park partner on permeable street to soak up water

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago:

North Street in Tinley Park is now a green street! MWRD Commissioners Kim Du Buclet and Debra Shore joined MWRD staff and Tinley Park Village Manager Dave Niemeyer, Village trustees and staff and many commuters to celebrate the completion of a sustainable new surface that will absorb more stormwater, mitigate flooding and educate the public on the value of green infrastructure at the center of town.

The new permeable paver project on North Street, between Oak Park Avenue and 173rd Street, was unveiled by MWRD and Tinley Park officials, as part of the Harmony Square development near the Metra Station. The MWRD contributed $200,000 to fund 16,500 square feet of permeable pavers on North Street, replacing the existing asphalt with green infrastructure that will provide more than 69,000 gallons of stormwater storage on site. The brick pavers are not only inviting to rainwater but also an attractive space for the public. The unique pattern of pavers enhances the local aesthetics while also maximizing the stormwater benefit.

The paver project is part of a larger Harmony Square development that will feature a performance stage, artificial turf lawns, a splash pad and concessions stand, Tinley Park officials said. The permeable street is one of nearly 20 permeable pavement projects the MWRD has recently completed across Cook County in addition to 20 permeable schoolyards the MWRD is close to implementing throughout Chicago Public Schools with partners at Space to Grow.

Green infrastructure performs as a stormwater management tool designed to capture water and allow it to infiltrate into the ground before it would otherwise enter the traditional conveyance system. The MWRD partners with communities and public agencies throughout Cook County to fund and build green infrastructure projects, after holding a call for projects each year.

The completed green infrastructure projects will now provide up to 7 million gallons of stormwater runoff storage by using rain gardens, bioswales, and permeable pavement in parking lots, alleys and residential streets. This permeable infrastructure soaks up water, preventing it from flooding communities and running off into area waterways, and improving area water quality. See a related press release.

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