Construction Finishes on Unique Ozarks Parking Lot

By Grant Sloan |

Published 06/09 2014 06:26PM

Updated 06/09 2014 06:33PM

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. -- Just in time for the summer rains, construction wraps up on a $700,000 permeable parking lot in Kimberling City.

"It's doing it's job, we've had some really good gully-washers and all of them have soaked in," says Table Rock Lake Water Quality Executive Director Gopala Borchelt. "We haven't seen any pudding so far, we're going to see how it works out in the long run."

Borchelt says construction on the parking lot began back in February 2014.

She says, although drivers at the Kimberling City Shopping Center had to endure five months of construction, her organization along with many businesses owners believe it will be worth it in the long run.

"We wanted to feature and alternative to just pave it over and have run off, we wanted to have that soak in," says Borchelt. "When it does that, what it does is capture the oils, grease, heavy metals and other things have nutrients in them and toxins."

The executive director says those contaminates can lead to algae blooms in the water, that in turn can be detrimental to the ecosystem. Borchelt says those contaminants are now filtered through two feet of rock and soil, before ever hitting the water.

Half of the $700,000 price tag was part of a grant through Missouri's Department of Natural Resources, with the rest coming from property owners.

Borchelt says at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 21, a ribbon cutting will be held on the completed parking lot. There will be a dedication, demonstration and food. The event is open to the public.

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