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McKinley LID Project

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Low Impact Development and Structural Controls

Congratulations! The McKinley Project won the Outstanding Environmental Project Award by the Local Nevada Chapter of ASCE on April 3, 2012.  

The City of Reno retrofitted the historical McKinley Arts & Cultural Center building and park with features to treat rooftop and sidewalk storm water, supporting the 2009 City Structural Controls Ordinance. This LID demo project includes:  rain water transport provided by rain gutters and impervious swales;  infiltration with a rain garden and a pervious concrete parking lot; trainings for local concrete installers, engineers and maintenance staff on pervious concrete with a Maintenance Manual for this project; and public education to encourage residents to protect storm water by trying LID at home. This project provides a  local example of techniques used in other communities to protect water quality.

The Public Arts Commission partnered with the City of Reno to expand the scope of this project, creating attractive hydro-cut steel bases and frames for educational signage in McKinley Park and at the Truckee River walkway.

Citizens may learn about the project by picking up project brochures in the McKinley building:  Walking Tour of the McKinley LID project and Try it At Home: Rain Gardens. Visitors to the McKinley location may also use their smart phones to read QR codes on interpretive signs.

To view slides of construction, visit RainGardenAdventure or PerviousConcreteJungle for captioned photo stories.

The City of Reno thanks NDEP/EPA for Clean Water Act funding, and the Truckee River Fund for their support.