Main Street Water Quality Demonstration - Little Rock, AR
In July of 2012, the City of Little Rock was awarded a $900,000 federal grant by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to develop a water quality demonstration project to be implemented on Main Street. The project was to include work in the 100, 200, 300 and 500 blocks of Main Street to demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure applications such as porous pavers, tree wells, rain gardens and other water filtration practices to enhance water quality. A primary goal was to restore a connection to the hydrologic cycle within the urban environment while educating the community about such techniques and their benefits. As an educational component, the City of Little Rock partnered with eStem Public Charter School. The project is now used by students at all levels as a living laboratory to learn about water quality.
The City of Little Rock selected Crafton Tull as the design consultants for the project. Our team worked closely with City Staff, ANRC, Community Stakeholders, and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, which was responsible for conceptual designs and technical guidance on the project. Ultimately, construction documents were developed and advertised for bid late in 2013. The construction costs were funded by the initial grant and by additional matching funds from the City of Little Rock. This portion of Main Street serves as an example to the state and region, as well as the heart of the planned Creative Corridor.