FamilyWise Raingarden

The new raingarden at FamilyWise.

"Before" photo showing the future raingarden location.

Daugherty Business Solutions volunteered their time to install the landscaping.

Volunteers from Church of the Open Door helping maintain the raingarden at FamilyWise.

Volunteers from Church of the Open Door pose for a photo in front of the raingarden.

Project Details

  • Mini Grant
MWMO Funding
Daugherty Business Solutions; FamilyWise Services; Landscape Architecture Inc.; Toro Foundation
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A raingarden next to the FamilyWise office infiltrates rainwater and snowmelt that used to run off of the adjacent parking lot and flow directly into the University Avenue stormsewer. This improves local water quality, eliminates nuisance puddles at the business’s main entrance and reduces stress on the city’s stormwater system.

As part of a comprehensive landscape plan, the project included removal of impervious areas of sidewalk and stairs, and was designed to capture the discharge from an adjacent 3,200 square-foot parking lot.

Additionally, the project included educational benefits for daycare staff, children, families and volunteers through interpretive signage, newsletter articles, social media postings and the chance to  try their hand at gardening during maintenance of the raingarden.

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