Friday, October 9, 2015

Rain Gardens Being Installed at West Side Park

Newark, New Jersey: A rain garden is in the process of being installed at a local Essex County park. 

West Side Park's rain garden will "engage the community and local government on the benefits of green infrastructure", according to a Rutgers spokespersonRain gardens, which look like regular gardens, help manage stormwater runoff. 

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, Newark Doing Infrastructure Green (DIG), the Essex County Parks System, the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation are all part of this project, which is being funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The New Jersey Tree Foundation will be installing 20 trees and rain garden plants on Tuesday, October 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help with the installation. Tools, gloves, and instructions will be provided.

The park, one of the oldest county parks in the state, is located in the Central Ward near the corner of South 13th Street and 18th Avenue. 

This effort is one of several recent improvements at the park. The West Side Park Community Center reopened in July after undergoing renovations.

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