South Park – a walkable RainWise village
Seattle’s South Park is rapidly becoming a model neighborhood for innovative and green approaches to stormwater control. Walk, bike or drive on a short self-guided tour to explore how residential and community rain gardens (some located in urban farms!) and RainWise cisterns (super-sized rain barrels) are all helping to control urban stormwater. Meet RainWise contractors who install cisterns and rain gardens. Enjoy tours and information in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cambodian, as well as games and activities for all ages, and specialty foods and music reflecting the cultural heritage of South Park residents. Start the tour at the “RainWise village green” in a block that includes rain gardens, refreshments and indoor activities at the South Park Neighborhood Center. RainWise is partnering with ECOSS and many others for this event.
RainWise: a green solution to an overflowing problem
When it rains hard, combined storm and sanitary sewers in some areas can’t handle all the volume of rainwater, causing “combined sewer overflows” into the nearest water body. Seattle and King County are working on this problem with a combination of the traditional (big pipes and tanks) and “green” solutions. As part of that investment, to help residents reduce stormwater runoff from their properties in eligible areas of the city, the RainWise program provides rebates that cover a portion of the costs of installing cisterns and rain gardens on the properties of Seattle residents in eligible areas of the city. For more information use the link above or call the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or 711 TTY Relay.