Porous Pave

‘Greening’ Play Space

In adding outdoor amenities, including walking tracks, San Antonio, Texas’ North East Independent School District opted away from asphalt and other non-permeable surfaces, and instead employed Porous Pave XL to install ADA-compliant tracks at 44 schools. A highly porous and durable material made, with 50% recycled rubber chips and 50% aggregate mixed on site, the material delivers a more sustainable surface for outdoor recreation resource. Additionally, the project required a surface with superior flexibility so that serviceability cracks, caused by horizontal or vertical movements of the underlying soils due to expansion and contraction, would not create problems.

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Minneapolis’ Commons Paves Permeable

Looking toward the environmental benefits for the entire city, downtown Minneapolis was looking toward permeable paving to reduce its stormwater runoff and potential pollution problems. Completed in Aug. 2016, the Downtown Commons, Minneapolis, Minn., is a 4.2-acre public park and green space adjacent to U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. “The Commons is the centerpiece of the revitalization and redevelopment of the Downtown East neighborhood,” said Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council member whose Ward 3 includes the Commons. “The reduction in harmful stormwater runoff and water pollution is one of its many environmental benefits for the entire city.”

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