April showers bring Olney Rec Center’s rain garden flowers… grasses, and shrubs!

Julie Slavet
Apr 7, 2014

Last Saturday, TTF and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) held a successful Philly Spring Clean Up Day and Urban Waters Training Workshop at the Olney Rec Center!

Funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the hands-on training and workshop provided volunteers with resources to properly manage urban watershed bio-retention systems – including maintenance of Olney Rec Center’s rain garden.

Urban Waters Training/Philly Spring Clean Day 2014Emma Melvin of PHS guided attendees in identifying best management practices solutions for properly diverting rainwater to prevent storm-water pollution runoff. In addition, taking a look at the Rec Center’s roof-to-garden bio-retention system informed us about how to address challenges of identifying and maintaining flows, plant identification, and sediment buildup.

Urban Waters Training/Philly Spring Clean Day 2014
Emma Melvin, PHS points out Olney Rec Center’s rain garden features.

Do you live or work in one of our communities? Join us during Comcast Cares Day on April 26th at the Olney Rec Center! Help us plant some additional native plants and beautify the rain garden.

Urban Waters Training/Philly Spring Clean Day 2014
Volunteers clean up Olney Rec Center on Philly Spring Clean Day!

The Olney Rec Center rain garden needs YOU! If you’d like to work with us to become a caretaker of this new green infrastructure, contact Alix Howard at alix@ttfwatershed.org.

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