Harvey Park Rain Garden Restoration with GM 6/2/17
Prepared by Anna Marie Scoccimaro
On Friday June 2nd, the council partnered with five GM volunteers to restore a rain garden that we previously installed as another partnership project with GM. We restored two different rain gardens at Harvey Park in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The first is located near a playground and a parking lot while the second is located next to football fields and a swim area. We restored the first rain garden by removing invasive and crowding grasses that were surrounding trees we planted previously. After unwanted grasses were removed, we placed mulch around the trees to encourage growth. The second rain garden did not have as many grasses so we restored it by pruning shrubs and replacing mulch. The council staff in attendance included Sam West, Jeff Barrie, and Anna Marie Scoccimaro.
The benefit of rain gardens is that they filter rain water by holding water in a shallow, depressed area so that it has time to filter through the ground. This system reduces downstream flooding and improves water quality in streams in creeks. As a result, we have cleaner and less storm water entering our storm systems and more water refilling the water tables, which feed small creeks in dry months.