Parkways in downtown Aiken are being reconstructed to capture and treat stormwater. Bioretention areas made up of rain gardens and bioswales will:
- collect runoff and allow the water to infiltrate through a special bioretention soil mix, and
- reduce pollutants and the amount of water leaving the downtown area. Monitoring equipment is being installed to measure the change in stormwater flow and detect pollutants.
|American Beautyberry / Callicarpa americana||Dwarf Fothergilla / Fothergilla gardenii||White Fringetree / Chionanthus virginicus|
|White Wood Aster / Aster Divaricatus||Swamp Azalea / Rododendron viscosum||Wild Indigo / Baptisia alba|
|Virginia Chain Fern / Woodwardia virginica||Virginia Sweetspire / Itea virginica|
|Juncus / Juncus effusus||Northern Sea Oats / Chasmanthium latifolium|
|Pink Muhly / Muhlenbergia capillaris||St. Augustine Grass / Stenotaphrum secundatum|
|Switch Grass / Panicum virgatum|
View photo timelines of construction progression in each parkway (aerial view available on the "Project Map" page)
View Chesterfield Parkway between Richland & Park
View Newberry Parkway between Park & Colleton
View York Parkway between Park & Colleton
Conceptual designs and engineering plans were developed for all targeted parkways.
The construction process involves the following steps: