Blackwall Hitch Restaurant Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit
The Blackwall Hitch parking lot is another project done by the Spa Creek Conservancy to reduce and treat stormwater runoff before it reaches Spa Creek.
Motorists saw the improvements as they were underway at the restaurant parking lot on 6th Street, across from the elementary school.
This project includes:
Several pervious concrete areas – in several places, following the natural geology of the property -- where the runoff historically flows
Bioretention areas (rain gardens)
to capture, treat and allow infiltration of stormwater before it reaches the storm drain and then flows right into Spa Creek
removal of raised beds containing non-native, unhealthy trees and shrubs and replacement with native trees, shrubs and perennials at ground level.
This will attract wildlife, reduce water usage, beautify the property and the neighborhood. The Spa Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the owners of the former restaurant, obtained a 2010 Trust Fund grant from the State of Maryland to make these improvements that are treating and capturing stormwater, reducing pollution in Spa Creek. Many years in the making, the project is finished and already benefitting the health of Spa Creek as it runs through the heart of Annapolis.