Scale: Neighborhood, Building Cluster
Tags: Language: Cincinnati Nature Center, nature center
It seems strange and unnatural to enter a nature center through a parking lot, yet creating a drive that goes directly to the drop-off area without parking along that drive means that more of the property ends up being covered with asphalt.
The solution to this dilemma lies in breaking the parking lot into a number of palatable pieces, thereby reducing the impact of automobiles on the site and keeping asphalt to a minimum. Make pockets of parking spaces containing 9 to 10 cars each. Separate the pockets with green thresholds and bio-swales, made of both deciduous and coniferous trees to maintain the effect in the winter months, along with the grasses that do the work of removing pollutants. Parking pockets more easily allow the shading of paving material and may provide different ecosystem examples to reinforce educational opportunities.