Biorention swales along Cedar Park Road line the walking trail. In addition to receiving runoff from 18 acres of stadium/commuter parking area and Cedar Park Road itself, the swales provide a visual amenity to users of the walking trail. The wild flowers and native grasses flourishing in the swales echo with the songs of crickets, which in turn attract finches and other songbirds.
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium mitigation project of 2002 embodies the holistic approach and visionary potential of Transportation Enhancements to build infrastructure that is integrated with the environment, promotes health, and provides visual amenities. The project combines a 1.25 mile multi-use trail with a series of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) as landscaping. The stadium area serves both as an athletic facility and a park-and-ride location. Now, thanks to a $590,665 TE grant and an even more substantial local match, the stadium parcel is also used on a daily basis by many walkers and cyclists. The project demonstrates an "ecosystem approach" to infrastructure, where one element of the system is seamlessly interconnected with others, and performs multiple functions: preventing flooding, protecting water quality, fighting obesity, providing habitat, and serving the needs of outdoor recreation users. Such infrastructure is characterized both by its efficiency and its livability.
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