FROM PARKING TO PLAYGROUND
The Compact held its first asphalt-removing volunteer event on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellevue. With the help of some awesome volunteers, we removed approximately 2,500 sq feet of asphalt to clear the way for a playground. The project kicked off the Cumberland River Compact’s Depave program with the goal of replacing unused and non-absorbent parking areas to green or play space.
The 2,500 sq feet of a parking lot, which allowed no water to infiltrate and enter the water table naturally, contributed to stormwater runoff. The Compact and volunteers retrofitted the space into an area that actively captures stormwater, all the while serving the congregation’s needs of a play area and adding aesthetics to the lot. Roughly 60 volunteers and staff removed several tons of asphalt. It was a hot day but the music and spirit of these volunteers made it a smashing success!