A total of 5 gardens were constructed in May 2007. Four of these gardens are located in the right-of-way between the sidewalk and the street. Curb cuts allow the street runoff to flow into these gardens. View photos of the Rountree Neighborhood rain garden project.
Springfield Rain Gardens
This is the 1st rain garden project of this type in Springfield. The 5th rain garden is located in a residential yard, designed to catch runoff from the driveway and roof downspout. The gardens range in depth from 6 to 12 inches.
Homeowner participation in this demonstration project was voluntary. The homeowners selected their plants and planted and maintain the gardens. It is estimated that these rain gardens reduce runoff from a 1" rainfall by 31%.
Plants in Rain Garden