The McKinley Park Project is one of many projects being accomplished through the collaborative efforts of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse. As a neighborhood park, McKinley Park has served the recreational needs of the community since 1920. The primary goal of the project is to reduce the volume of stormwater that flows into the combined sewer system along West Newell Street, West Calthrop Avenue, and West Pleasant Avenue – all within CSO 067. The County and the City have partnered to help reduce this runoff through the installation of various green infrastructure technologies, including bioretention and porous pavement with an underground infiltration system in the parking area. This infrastructure will capture runoff from the park and surrounding areas, totaling 80,000 square feet of drainage area and will have the capacity to store approximately 103,000 gallons of stormwater during rain events. Stormwater will slowly evaporate and/or infiltrate underground, eliminating excess drainage to the sewer system and improving the overall stormwater management and drainage in this area.
A secondary goal of this project is to enhance McKinley Park by increasing green space and improving the basketball court. Some of the existing pavement, which was once used as a tennis court will be completely removed and replaced with open green space. Additionally, the current half-court basketball facility will be removed and replaced with a full court porous basketball court. Even with this addition, this project will result with an overall reduction in pavement, an increase in green open space, and a reduction is stormwater overflow into the city’s sewer system.
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