City of Cape Canaveral Opens Largest Porous Concrete Parking Facility in Brevard County

contains charging stations and an abundance of Florida landscaping

In recent years, “stormwater” has become an environmental buzzword in Brevard County, and for good reason. One of the largest porous concrete parking facilities in Brevard County, and possibly in Central Florida, is opening in the City of Cape Canaveral. (City of Cape Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – In recent years, “stormwater” has become an environmental buzzword in Brevard County, and for good reason.

Currently, untreated stormwater runoff is one of the largest contributors to the alarmingly poor water quality in the Indian River Lagoon.

Stormwater runoff is created when rain flows over impervious surfaces, like paved streets, parking lots, and rooftops — taking with it pollutants from vehicles, litter, and chemically contaminated organic debris.

Recognizing the far-reaching impacts of this global problem, a new generation of smart stormwater management tactics look to reduce and even eliminate this runoff by capturing it directly on a property and treating it where the rain falls — and Cape Canaveral is about to see these efforts in action!

One of the largest porous concrete parking facilities in Brevard County, and possibly in Central Florida, is opening in the City of Cape Canaveral.

Unlike conventional concrete or asphalt, this porous material allows rainwater to flow through the surface, rather than running off into the streets, the lagoon, or storm drains.

One of the largest porous concrete parking facilities in Brevard County, and possibly in Central Florida, is opening in the City of Cape Canaveral. (City of Cape Canaveral image)

It allows rainwater to percolate into the ground below, where it is naturally treated as if no parking facility existed at all. With the ability to absorb the rainfall from heavy storm events that are common to this area, this privately owned, 420-space cruise parking facility is effectively a massive stormwater management device.

The property’s owners, along with their design and construction team, worked closely with City Staff to ensure that the community’s resilience goals and forward-thinking environmental standards were not only met but exceeded — including the installation of vehicle charging stations and an abundance of native Florida landscaping.

This project falls in line with the City’s larger efforts to see an increased use of a design practice called Low Impact Development.

Referred to by industry professionals as LID, these practices use or mimic natural processes that mitigate stormwater impacts to help improve water quality and protect delicate aquatic habitats.

If you want to learn more about what you can do, visit the City’s LID guide to see what is possible.

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