Parking lots are often overlooked when it comes to design and aesthetics. However, with a thoughtful approach, even the most utilitarian spaces can be transformed into visually appealing environments. One effective way to achieve this transformation is by strategically incorporating concrete planters into a concrete-paved parking lot.
In Bellingham, Washington, where urban and suburban areas coexist, parking lots are everywhere—from shopping centers like Bellis Fair to athletic facilities like Joe Martin Stadium.
Introducing concrete planters in such spaces adds a touch of greenery and serves a practical purpose by defining parking spaces, visible in this pervious concrete parking lot project that we worked on.
Functional dividers, aesthetic enhancers. Concrete planters act as both functional dividers and aesthetic enhancers. The durable nature of concrete ensures longevity and low maintenance, making it an ideal material for outdoor use. Placing concrete planters along the perimeter of parking spaces can create a sense of order and organization, contributing to a more visually pleasing overall layout.
The greenery provided by trees, shrubs and groundcover plants in concrete planters can soften the harshness of paved surfaces, too.
Use of native plants. Choosing plants that are native to Washington State can ensure that the landscaping is well-suited to the local climate, requiring less water and maintenance.
From a practical standpoint, using concrete planters helps prevent parking lot encroachment. The physical barriers they create can discourage vehicles from crossing designated boundaries, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing overall safety in the parking area.
By incorporating planters thoughtfully, you can transform large, paved areas from sterile parking lots into visually appealing, functional and environmentally beneficial spaces. Proper planning, design and consideration of environmental impact can maximize the benefits of concrete planters in various applications. Give CCC a call at 360-676-1665 to discuss how we can install concrete planters in commercial parking lots.