The project aims to install a 215 square foot bioswale basin draining 2,100 square feet of parking lot. In addition, 3 native plant landscape beds and native trees and shrubs will be added to the Lanphear Park, a pocket park neighboring Langerdale Marsh (a 10-acre detention basin retrofit). Approximately 350 native perennial plants will be installed in the bioswale, landscape beds and neighboring areas.
Native plant species will be chosen based on their soil and light preference. The area in the bioswale will receive native plants that tolerate water inundation and drought. The landscape beds and turf area will be planted with species adapted to soil conditions. Native trees and shrubs to be added to the rain garden, landscape beds, and turf area may include (contingent on availability): Ilex verticillate (Winterberry Holly), Lindera benzoin (Spicebush), Hamamelis virginiana (Witch-hazel), Quercus phellos (River birch), Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood), Ostrya virginiana (Hophornbeam, Eastern Hophornbeam), Carpinus caroliniana (Musclewood, Blue Beech, American Hornbeam), and/or Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry). Some of the non-native plants in the original planting plan will be replaced by native perennials including (contingent on availability): Iris virginica (Southern Blue Flag Iris), Geranium maculatum (Wil Geranium), Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie dropseed), Liatris spicata (Dense blazingstar), Hydrangea arborescens (Wild hydrangea), and/or Heuchera richardsonii (Prairie alumroot).
A Kick off meeting with the City was held to discuss project roles and timeline on February 20th. An MOU between City and Cuyahoga SWCD was signed on February 26th. An MOU between Cuyahoga SWCD and CRWP was signed on February 28th.
A second meeting was held with the City on March 13th to flag garden locations and make measurements for quote requests.
Cuyahoga SWCD staff updated the original landscape plan to include all natives or cultivars on 3/28 and sent to City for approval. Cuyahoga staff are currently researching nurseries that can provide native stock by Arbor Day or Earth Day. Cuyahoga SWCD has also shared the landscape plan with Master Rain Gardeners for input on species choices.
Cuyahoga SWCD staff submitted a grant request for $2800 to Cleveland Alliance for Great Lakes on 3/26/2019 to supplement the planting given contractor quotes are over the $11,800 received for this project. Friends of Euclid Creek NEORSD Watershed Service Agreement funds will be used to supplement the effort and some native plants have been offered by Pam’s Perennial Plant Farm for the project. The City has offered to promote the nursery in a project fact sheet that will be put on display at City Hall and on the Euclid Creek website.