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Pacifc Grove Community Center
The Pacific Grove Community Center is located within the Greenwood Gulch Watershed and is a resource and gathering place for many residents. It provides the perfect opportunity to showcase examples of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques from the RainScapes Rebate Program. This demonstration project is to help people envision what an LID project could look like on their property, encourage residents to learn more about how they can help address storm water issues in Pacific Grove, and join the RainScapes Program.
Community Center RainScape LID Techniques
- A selected downspout has been be diverted/re-routed to the front entry landscape in a rain garden. When it rains, the water enters the landscape; slowing it down and filtering it by movement through the soils and plant roots. Not only does this help clean the watershed, but adds an aesthetic landscape feature to the property. Mainly native plants are used and all plants will be drought tolerant.
- Existing plaza hardscape has been reinstalled with three pervious pavement types: 1) a pervious paver with joints filled with gravel, 2) a pervious paver with a section of joints filled with decomposed granite and another section of joints filled with woolly thyme, and 3) breaking up the existing hardscape and reinstalling it with joints filled with sand. All products are locally available. When it rains, instead of the water hitting the pavement and moving into a storm drain system, the water filters through the cracks. It is then filtered in the soil substrate. The fill material in the joints, the space between broken concrete pieces, can be filled with various material thus making an aesthetic statement.
- The existing lawn areas in front planter of the building have been replaced with mainly native/drought tolerant species. The diversity in species creates an aesthetic statement, providing more habitat potential, creating deeper roots for stormwater to soak into, and giving the community a lawn replacement example to consider.