According to Ace Parking, New Green Parking Lot Proves Promising for Metro Beach

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Ace Parking, which promotes the use of green parking facilities, comments on the construction of an eco-friendly lot in Michigan.

Ace Parking, a professional parking management and design service, has come out in support of the construction of a $3.3M environmentally friendly parking lot at Lake St. Clair Metropark. A new article, from the Macomb Daily on 5/10/2013, explains that the construction began recently on the structure, which is designed to reduce pollution runoff into the lake, while preventing the need to close Metro Beach due to the presence of contaminated water.

The site of the new space was formerly home to a crumbling, dilapidated parking lot. The new parking area is the largest in Macomb County, with 42 acres of space. After the renovations are complete, the lot will feature ponds, swales, grassy areas, trees, as well as acres of flowers and green shrubs. Adjustments will be made to the area so that storm water is able to get diverted away from the lake. While the construction project is a major one, in reality, only half of the newly green lot will actually be completely rebuilt. The other half will simply receive a new seal coat. Officials expect the work to be done by November.

Ace Parking comments on the project noting, “It’s certainly a positive thing and a step forward. This parking lot was in serious need of some care, and to turn it into an environmentally friendly space is a wise decision. The area will benefit the planet, and will also be much more pleasant to look at for those who use it regularly.”

John McCulloch, who is the director of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) metroparks, comments on the construction stating, “Since 1950, when this parking lot was built, the way we handle storm water has changed drastically.” The new design will prevent rainwater that has been contaminated by motor oil, fertilizer, anti-freeze, and gasoline from flowing into Black Creek and, in turn, into the lake. Now it will get diverted to the Point Rosa Marsh.

The money for the project will get split up. The HCMA will give $1.8M, while the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant will offer up $1.5M.

The 4,000-space lot will also become safer and more efficient for those who come to visit the park, thanks to a new roadway that relies on traffic circles. Park-goers can also enjoy a new sledding hill and two ice skating ponds.

Ace Parking views the project as an “important” one, explaining that cities should take a look at transforming run down lots into eco-friendly spaces, just like this community has done.

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Ace Parking helps to make parking more efficient for customers, while simultaneously maximizing the profits that facility earns. They oversee parking management and design for a number of lots and garages around the country, including airports, hotels, office spaces, medical facilities, and restaurants. The team has six decades of experience, and is one of the largest parking companies in the United States.

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