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Rain Garden

On September 8, 2012, at 9:00 AM was “Build Day” for the City of Peoria’s first demonstration rain garden site. The rain garden was constructed on public property near MacArthur Highway and Richard Allen Drive, adjacent to Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center (see attached map). Through the assistance of City Treasurer Patrick Nichting, the City of Peoria received an environmental grant for $6,000 from the Illinois American Water to build a demonstration rain garden in an area approximately 500 square feet by 6 inches deep.

Rain gardens are shallow depressions planted with native perennial plants located in an area used to collect storm water runoff. Native vegetation allows the rain water to infiltrate into the ground instead of entering the storm water infrastructure system. The native plants have deep root systems that help break down the soil to allow for more infiltration, reduce flooding, absorb pollutants and sustain wildlife in the particular area. The demonstration site will be an educational opportunity for the community to learn about rain gardens, native plants and their benefits.

The rain garden was built by volunteers from the Farnsworth Group, Natural Resources Conservation Service/Natural Resources-Your Development Task Force, Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, Peoria Park District, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Spring Grove Neighborhood Homeowners Association and Peoria Public Works Department. Some native plants have been donated by Simply Native Nursery.

For more information contact Jane Gerdes in the Public Works Department at (309) 494-8800 or download the files above.

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