Installed on October 23, 2015, the 300 square foot Ross C. Dejohn Community Center Rain Garden was planted by Mayfield Middle School Student Council. Rain water from a portion of the Community Center roof runs from a downspout, under the sidewalk and is directed into the rain garden. The City of Mayfield Heights assisted immensely with prepping the site for the rain garden, and the project was funded through a grant from the Friends of Euclid Creek through the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. The planning and coordination of the project was a partnership between the Euclid Creek Watershed Program, the Chagrin River Watershed Partners and City of Mayfield Heights. The plants were sourced from Biodiversity Landscape and Design and the special rain garden soil and mulch was from Kurtz Bros. A special thanks goes out to Service Director Joe Fornaro and his staff for all of their assistance making this exciting project happen!
A rain garden is a vegetated garden planted with native plants intended to allow runoff from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roads, rooftops, and parking lots to percolate into the groundwater rather than directly entering streams via storm sewers. This helps protect local streams by reducing the volume and velocity of streams during storm events and by purifying the water by allowing it to filter through the soil, thus lowering the amount of pollutants that ultimately enter the stream. Rain gardens also provide habitat for native birds and insects, and because they are planted with native plants, they require less water and maintenance once established than other non-native species. To learn more about rain gardens or to learn how to install one on your property, click here.