Visitors walk and bike through Sunrise City's new Cypress Preserve and Oak Hammock parks on 8-foot-wide paths made with Porous Pave XL, a product made by Porous Pave Inc. of Grant, Mich.

Onsite stormwater retention was one of several reasons the Public Works Division chose the product. Made from 50% recycled rubber chips and 50% stone aggregate with a moisture-cured binding agent, the material infiltrates 6,300 gallons of water per hour per square foot.

"Retaining stormwater supports the goal of preserving green space in the ecologically sensitive areas set aside for the parks,” says Capital Projects Coordinator Dave Abderhalden. "Minimally intrusive, low-impact installation without big trucks and heavy equipment was also important to protect the existing and newly installed landscaping.”

Eight-acre Cypress Preserve Park offers a 9-hole disc golf course and a “spray-ground” with a splash pad; its permeable paved path is one long loop around the park with a central connection. At 12-acre Oak Hammock Park, the path leads to a nature observation boardwalk over a canal.

This is what the finished product looks like. Click on the slideshow for installation details.