For immediate release
October 7, 2019


MWRD, La Grange introduce new permeable parking lots
Green lots manage stormwater, protect community, promote business and sustainability


WHO: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and village of La Grange

WHAT: Officials with the MWRD and La Grange will celebrate the completion of two new permeable parking lots with a ribbon cutting to unveil new infrastructure designed to retain more stormwater and protect the community from flooding.

WHERE: 53 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, Ill.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at 9 a.m.

MWRD commissioners and staff will join village officials from La Grange to celebrate the completion of two public parking lots that will protect the community from stormwater. The two lots, separated by about a block, represent a new collaborative approach into improving public amenities, while also addressing the environment and increased awareness for green infrastructure. The lots at 53 S. La Grange Rd. and 20 W. Harris Ave. in La Grange will mitigate flooding in the face of changing weather patterns for future generations.

The green infrastructure installations use interlocking concrete permeable pavers that will provide a total design retention capacity of nearly 95,000 gallons of stormwater per rain event, absorbing more water and reducing runoff each time it storms. Through this partnership, the MWRD committed nearly half the total cost of $500,000 to complete the lots. The ribbon cutting will coincide with the village’s popular weekly farmer’s market.

LaGrange Ribbon Cutting