The City of Paso Robles was honored Friday evening with the 2014 Green Innovation Award for their 21st Street Green, Complete Street Project.
The innovative low impact design demonstration project spans over a six-block corridor and includes a 26,000 square foot reduction of watertight pavement, bio-retention areas that incorporate native plants, and a center median channel that accommodates high velocity storm flows.
The project also enhances mobility for cyclists and pedestrians.
The community was allowed to participate throughout all phases of the project to achieve a design that would fit the mold of the neighborhood.
The project features included storm water retention from the recent rains and about 250,000 gallons of water have recharged into the ground basin. This would be equal to a family of four using potable water for an entire year.