Installed on September 30,2010, the Brainard Park Rain Garden was planted by Sunview Elementary School’s Third Grade Class. It was built to replace the originalBrainard Park Rain Garden, constructed in 2006 and funded by the Lake Erie Protection Fund grant, which was enveloped by theBrainard Park Wildflower Meadow. The current 200 square foot garden was funded by the City of Lyndhurst and is maintained through a partnership between the City of Lyndhurst and the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District.
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.
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