City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Havelock pedestrian link and parking lot project at 5:30 p.m. today from 61st to 62nd streets, just north of Havelock Avenue. The parking lot is the City’s first use of a “bioretention cell” system, which is designed to reduce the amount of pollutants discharged directly into the storm drain. The entire project was a joint effort of the Havelock Business Association; the Parking and Watershed Management divisions of the City Public Works and Utilities Department; and the City Urban Development Department.
“The project is an important reinvestment in the Historic Havelock District,” said Mayor Seng. “The pedestrian walkway and parking lot are just the beginning of other public and private investment we expect to take place along Havelock Avenue. I want to thank the Havelock Business Association and area residents for their commitment to revitalizing the commercial district.”
The pedestrian link features enhanced landscaping and lighting and a shaded seating area. The Havelock Business Association hopes the area will serve as a community gathering spot for possible farmers’ markets, art shows and other events. The walkway was funded through tax-increment financing generated from the Havelock redevelopment area.
The parking lot features landscaping and new brick signage. The lot’s bioretention cell system uses special plants in a conditioned soil bed to treat and manage stormwater runoff. Pollutants such as grease, oil and antifreeze are reduced through absorption, decomposition and filtration within the cell. In addition to slowing runoff and improving stormwater quality, the system also creates a garden to attract butterflies and birds. The City plans to continue using similar systems in other lots.
Today’s ribbon-cutting will include music, food and guided tours of the bioretention cell system.