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The River Valley Market is a market co-op opened in 2008 on North King Street in Northampton. The market integrates a number of sustainable building features into its construction along with an array of locally grown foods and products.
The bulk of stormwater from the site is captured in a detention basin below the parking lot and building, adjacent to North King Street. The Market was built on the site of an old quarry resulting in a substantial amount of ledge and stone in the ground, which makes on site infiltration extremely difficult. Despite this serious site constraint, a number of green infrastructure practices were incorporated into the design and construction of the parking lot to reduce peak flows to the detention basin. A very attractively landscaped infiltration strip in the center median of the parking lot looks great and seems to function well year round. Stones at the inlets filter debris from entering the filter strip, and a range of woody shrubs such as Red Osier Dogwood, native wildflowers, and perennial grasses create a colorful garden of rugged plants that not only filter runoff but create arguably the most attractive parking lot in all of Northampton! The parking lot and sitting area around the market also utilize porous pavers in a couple different styles which help guide pedestrian through different zones around the building.
The upper areas of the parking lot are maintained by Tree Frog landscapes, a company that deals with sustainable residential and commercial landscaping. The health of the plants and well groomed infiltration strips are a testament to the work these guys do. As a weekly River Valley Market shopper I can tell you from my year round experience at this site that this parking lot has it going on!
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Demonstration Workshop for Homeowners and Businesses
Saturday, October 26th 11am – 3pm
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