FilterPave at Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens: A Sustainable Pathway Solution

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens, nestled within Everett’s Legion Park, is a serene oasis celebrating the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Covering 3 ½ acres, this public space features a harmonious blend of art, nature, and accessibility. One of its standout features is the innovative FilterPave pathway system, which not only provides wheelchair accessibility but also contributes to the preservation of the local ecosystem.

Project Overview

1. The Arboretum’s Landscape

  • The arboretum boasts a diverse landscape, carefully curated to showcase the region’s flora. Visitors can explore:
    • Japanese Maple Grove: A tranquil area adorned with vibrant Japanese maple trees, creating a picturesque setting.
    • Conifers: Towering evergreens that provide year-round greenery and habitat for local wildlife.
    • Native Plants: A collection of indigenous plants, emphasizing sustainability and ecological balance.
    • Colorful Perennial Border: A riot of colors, featuring perennial flowers that bloom throughout the seasons.
    • Sculptures: Art installations that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

2. The FilterPave Pathways

  • FilterPave is a porous pavement system designed by BASF. Its unique features include:
    • High Porosity: The pathways allow rainwater to infiltrate the ground, reducing runoff and minimizing erosion.
    • ADA Compliance: The pathways are wheelchair-accessible, ensuring inclusivity for all visitors.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: FilterPave comes in various colors, enhancing the arboretum’s visual appeal.
    • Eco-Friendly Binder: The proprietary two-part binder used in FilterPave ensures durability while minimizing environmental impact.

3. Environmental Impact

  • By choosing FilterPave, the arboretum achieves several environmental goals:
    • Stormwater Management: FilterPave reduces stormwater runoff, preventing pollutants from reaching nearby water bodies.
    • Groundwater Recharge: The porous surface allows rainwater to recharge the groundwater table, benefiting the local ecosystem.
    • Preserving Soil Health: Unlike traditional impermeable pavements, FilterPave promotes healthy soil by allowing air and water exchange.
    • Enhancing Biodiversity: The permeable pathways create habitat opportunities for insects, small animals, and plant life.

The FilterPave pathways at the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens exemplify sustainable urban design. They seamlessly blend functionality, aesthetics, and environmental stewardship, inviting visitors to explore nature while treading lightly on the Earth.

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