Hiawatha Reddy Rents

Brian and Kit Fitzgerald, owners of Hiawatha Reddy Rents

Roxanne Stuhr, left, reviews the project plan with a group of volunteers.

Roxanne Stuhr studies the raingarden design.

Volunteers help plant the raingarden.

John and Kevin Fitzgerald use an auger to dig holes for the raingarden plants.

Project Details

  • Mini Grant
MWMO Funding
Longfellow Business Association; Smiling Dog Design; True Nature Design
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A grant to the Longfellow Business Association funded a series of new stormwater control measures along a heavily traveled section of Hiawatha Avenue in South Minneapolis. A raingarden, a pair of dry wells and a dry creek bed installed at the Hiawatha Reddy Rents site are designed to handle up to 1.5 inches of rainfall (approximately 1,600 gallons of water) in a 24-hour period. They also add luster and charm to a previously drab stretch of urban arterial roadway.

The project team turned the raingarden planting into a community event, offering volunteers the chance to learn from Master Water Stewards and gain experience installing stormwater control measures. In addition to co-funding the project, the family owners of Hiawatha Reddy Rents made use of their own rental equipment to speed up the construction process.

In the News

  • Reddy Rents to install rain gardens along Hiawatha Ave. Longfellow Nokomis Messenger - September 2015 View More

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