The Township of Derry and the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) showcased the completion of the West Caracas Avenue parking lot on December 5. The ceremony ended with a splash as buckets of water were dumped in a demonstration of Best Management Practices that are designed to improve the management of stormwater runoff from the parking lot and protect local waterways.
Among the state and local officials participating in the ceremony were Joe Adams, South-central Regional Director, PA DEP ; John Foley, Chairman, Township of Derry Board of Supervisors; Susan Cort, Derry Township Supervisor and DHA Board Member; State Senator John DiSanto; and Matthew Bonanno, P.E., Civil Practice Area Leader at the project’s design firm, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. The PA DEP awarded the township a $200,000 fund for this project, which represented almost half of the total cost of the improvements.
The new lot features porous asphalt, a section of trees and landscaping that promotes groundwater recharge, increased water quality, and a reduced amount of stormwater runoff.
Aside from the environmental benefits, the project transformed the parking lot for the better. Parking is more efficient due to easier access, and the number of parking spaces has increased. The new and improved parking lot also compliments several of the Downtown Hershey Association’s Life on Chocolate events.