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Beacon Institute Permeable Paving


Permeable pavement at a parking lot at the Beacon Institute

The parking lot at this public educational center minimizes stormwater runoff from parking areas by encouraging infiltration. Concrete paving stones are set in the ground to provide structure in order to sufficiently support the weight of cars parked in the area, but still allow water to infiltrate into the ground in the spaces between. The landscape architect defined the driving and parking areas by using three different materials within the infiltration gaps; concrete insets, grass-planted earth, and stone fines. The reused brick walkways around the building also allow infiltration.

Site Location

  • Site Address: Denning's Point, part of Hudson Highlands State Park; Beacon, NY
  • Town: Beacon
  • County: Dutchess
  • Owner: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, in partnership with NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation
  • Location of example: Upon approach, Southeast of the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE)
  • Land Use on site: Public Educational Center
  • Can this site be visited? The park is open daily, dawn to dusk. CEIE and its parking area are ½ mile walk from the main parking area.

Practice Information Details

  • Year of installation: 2008
  • Stormwater Management Capacity: Not determined
  • Intent of design: Protect the water quality of the nearby Hudson River, mitigate sheeting on parking area, assist the infiltration of stormwater runoff.

Design Construction and Maintenance Information

  • Designed by: WRT Landscape Architects
  • Maintained by: Beacon Institute
  • Costs to design: Undisclosed
  • Annual Operational & Maintenance required: Undisclosed
  • Annual Operational & Maintenance Costs: Undisclosed

Contact for Additional Site Information

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (see Links Leaving DEC's Website)
Phone: (845) 838-1600