Huntington city parking lot getting more green

Construction goes on at the Huntington city parking lot to make the space more friendly to the environment. The highlight of the project includes a rain garden, which will help prevent surface runoff and send storm water into the ground clean.
Construction goes on at the Huntington city parking lot to make the space more friendly to the environment. The highlight of the project includes a rain garden, which will help prevent surface runoff and send storm water into the ground clean. Photo by Steve Clark.

The city parking lot adjacent to the Huntington City-Township Public Library, in Huntington, is going green.

On Monday, Aug. 12, construction began on a project to make the parking lot friendlier to the environment.

The highlight of the project, says Anthony Goodnight, Huntington's director of public works and engineering services, will be a rain garden.

A total of 10,000 plants will be distributed throughout storm planters. The plants, in conjunction with stones and soil in the planters, will help prevent surface runoff and send storm water into the ground clean, helping to reduce pollution in creeks and streams.

LED light posts, bike racks and educational plaques will be among the parking lot's other features, says Goodnight. The project will also bring the parking lot into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, he states.

Goodnight estimates the project will be complete by the end of September.

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Construction goes on at the Huntington city parking lot to make the space more friendly to the environment. The highlight of the project includes a rain garden, which will help prevent surface runoff and send storm water into the ground clean, helping to reduce pollution in creeks and streams, says Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services.