Task 2

SHORE PROJECT Task 2:
Bioretention Swale (Rain Garden) at Clarke Park

Clarke Park Rain Garden
A rain garden is a shallow depression planted with water-loving natice species designed to capture and soak up stormwater runoff before it enters a lake, pond or river. Our rain garden was designed and installed by Brian Wood, former director, NR Parks & Recreation. More information can be found here:

9/30/2010 Rain garden is completed and working effectively
9/30/2008 Plants monitored, beach in great shape
6/30/2008 Sign design work, rework small problem area
3/31/2008 Monitoring of plants during storms
12/31/2007 Construction completed
9/30/2007 Site visits to Concord & Cambridge, design completed
Design of Rain Garden at Clarke Park, Dec 2007 (Brian Wood)

Design of Rain Garden at Clarke Park, Dec 2007 (Brian Wood)

Excavation for Rain Garden, Nov 2007

Excavation for Rain Garden, Nov 2007

Rain garden ready for planting, Nov 2007

Rain garden ready for planting, Nov 2007

 

Young plants in rain garden, Nov 2007

Young plants in rain garden, Nov 2007

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Young plants in rain garden, Nov 2007

Rain Garden One Year Later

The plants did very well over the winter, and erosion of the beach was significantly improved.

Rain Garden, Summer 2008

Rain Garden, Summer 2008

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