The Climate and Cultural Resilience project transforms the parking area at Overton into a community space with a large-scale map installation, and new rain gardens by removing the existing asphalt. This project seeks to create awareness about aging infrastructure, increase of impervious surfaces that are contributors to neighborhood flooding, and the need for investment in green infrastructure to promote a more resilient and equitable future.
Using the Bronzeville (+) Plus installation as a base map (from 31st Street on the North, 60th Street on the South, the Dan Ryan Expressway on the West and Lake Park Avenue / Woodlawn Avenue on the East), this project showcases the permeability of Bronzeville by using colored urban watershed zones – the dark purple represents the most pervious zones while the light violet the most impervious. The rain gardens are designed with natural and wetland planting areas integrating three zones to capture stormwater from Overton grounds and contribute with stormwater detention, retention and infiltration. Additionally, educational panels were created and installed along Prairie Avenue to share some additional resources about neighborhood flooding and ideas for neighborhood green infrastructure projects.