8500 Pickering St
Philadelphia, PA 19150

Rain Garden

The John F. McCloskey Elementary School and Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, located at Pickering and Gowen Streets in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, share a large asphalt courtyard. During any rain event, this area became flooded. OARC partnered with the school, the recreation center and Awbury Arboretum to install a rain garden on the site in the summer of 2010. The new rain garden is a beautiful and functional green space that provides green infrastructure for storm water management, wildlife habitat, and educational opportunities. The garden’s design allows water to be slowly absorbed by the soil and plants, thereby reducing pollution and the amount of water entering the storm drains.

The rain garden, which covers portions of the playground at the John F. McCloskey Elementary School and the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, measures 50 feet by 100 feet and uses native plants and other landscaping to soak up rain water and stormwater runoff. Runoff from roofs, streets, driveways or parking lots often carries pesticides, fertilizers and oil into storm drains, which feeds the pollutants into streams, lakes and rivers. It is a major cause of toxic waste in waterways that serve as sources for drinking water.

The rain garden will be incorporated into the curriculum at the McCloskey School.

rain garden