Park Place includes long swales along the backyards of several homes in this new neighborhood development.
These swales will treat stormwater runoff before releasing it into nearby Shawnee Mission Lake, which receives over 1 million visitors each year.
The developer chose the swale out of a list of options as part of Lenexa's newly adopted BMP manual.
This stream restoration along a new neighborhood development is part of the work Lenexa is requiring to improve water quality and protect natural resources.
Stream buffers are still being established.
This property was purchased by the City of Lenexa to protect open space and natural resources, as well as serve as a public park and educational area.
The park is still in construction, but will include wetlands, rain gardens, boardwalks, art and educational areas.
The total cost to build the park is $26 million and helps to achieve larger city goals for making capital improvements that contribute to their NPDES permit.
The on-site artwork is meant to convey the process that water goes through to receive end of pipe treatment for pollutants.
Street drainage into bioswale
Large parking lot swales vegetated with native plant species.
This large church includes bioswales for treating parking lot runoff.
A modified stormwater retention basin that is fully vegetated with native plant species.
The local fire station had to redo their bioswale because clay soils and overflow pipes fitted at the wrong elevation caused plants to drown.
This functional wetland provides bioretention for road runoff, as well as works for wetland mitigation.
A constructed stream in the backyard space between rows of homes in a neighborhood development.
Homeowners enjoy the aesthetic of the stream and native habitat.
Native grasses provide a large buffer that extends very close to the house, where conventional turf lawn is preferred.