Porous Basketball Courts at Mill Creek Playground

Intro
Porous pavement allows rain water to soak into the ground rather than enter into the sewer system. This helps to decrease the amount of overflows that occur. The porous courts at Mill Creek Playground serve as an example of what can be done at other playgrounds throughout the city.
Project Description

The Mill Creek Playground is heavily used by the community for sports, activities, and meetings. The site includes two basketball courts, play equipment, a recreation center, a baseball field and a swimming pool, which were all built above the streambed of the buried Mill Creek, which is now one of the largest combined sewers in Philadelphia. The basketball courts at the playground were cracked and deteriorating, with low spots that became puddles after storms. To improve the quality of the courts and reduce the volume of stormwater that flows into the combined sewer, the basketball courts were retrofitted with porous asphalt over an infiltration bed.

The Mill Creek Playground is heavily used by the community for sports, activities, and meetings. The site includes two basketball courts, play equipment, a recreation center, a baseball field and a swimming pool, which were all built above the streambed of the buried Mill Creek, which is now one of the largest combined sewers in Philadelphia. The basketball courts at the playground were cracked and deteriorating, with low spots that became puddles after storms. To improve the quality of the courts and reduce the volume of stormwater that flows into the combined sewer, the basketball courts were retrofitted with porous asphalt over an infiltration bed.

The Mill Creek Playground is heavily used by the community for sports, activities, and meetings. The site includes two basketball courts, play equipment, a recreation center, a baseball field and a swimming pool, which were all built above the streambed of the buried Mill Creek, which is now one of the largest combined sewers in Philadelphia. The basketball courts at the playground were cracked and deteriorating, with low spots that became puddles after storms. To improve the quality of the courts and reduce the volume of stormwater that flows into the combined sewer, the basketball courts were retrofitted with porous asphalt over an infiltration bed.

Watershed Issues Addressed
Stormwater Management

Location

LatLon
39.96581,-75.21594
Watershed
Address
4700 Brown St, Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood
Mill Creek
Lead Agency
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Partners
Philadelphia Water
Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation
Councilwoman Blackwell
Status
Complete