. Alewife Reservation & Alewife Brook master plan. Wetlands; Wetland conservation. FIGURE 29. A biofiltration area in a parking lot. physical processes would improve the quality of the water before it enters Alewife Brook. A significant amount of the stormwater runoff would return to the hydrologic cycle by means of evapotranspiration through the plants and the soil medium. The proximity of the Alewife MBTA park- ing garage to the Reservation provides a good parking option for park users. However, the garage fills up quickly on weekdays with com- muters. Parking spaces are more readily ava

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. Alewife Reservation & Alewife Brook master plan. Wetlands; Wetland conservation. FIGURE 29. A biofiltration area in a parking lot. physical processes would improve the quality of the water before it enters Alewife Brook. A significant amount of the stormwater runoff would return to the hydrologic cycle by means of evapotranspiration through the plants and the soil medium. The proximity of the Alewife MBTA park- ing garage to the Reservation provides a good parking option for park users. However, the garage fills up quickly on weekdays with com- muters. Parking spaces are more readily avail- able on the weekends and after the afternoon rush hour. Several new, small parking areas (5 to 20 spac- es) are planned to reduce the dependence on the Alewife MBTA parking garage. They are: off Acorn Park Drive near the Belmont Up- lands; adjacent to the wetland restoration at the former ADL parking lot; and at Brighton Street to serve people accessing Little Pond. These new parking areas should incorporate biofiltration and porous pavement that allows infiltration of stormwater into the underlying soil for groundwater recharge. Bicycle racks should also be provided for those who want to access the Reservation by nonmotorized trans- portation. Public Transportation The Alewife Reservation is accessible to public transportation (e.g. Alewife subway station and connecting bus routes), however, additional signage is needed to direct visitors to the Res- ervation gateway. The location of the Alewife subway station presents a great opportunity for people to reach this "outdoor classroom" by means of an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Circulation Patterns and Connectivity The primary goal of the proposed circulation system is to establish appropriate connections to existing trails, eliminate inappropriate trails and develop links to the existing regional path system (e.g. Minuteman Bike Trail). The cir- culation and path system balances the protec- tio

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