Hiawatha Reddy Rents


Brian and Kit Fitzgerald, owners of Hiawatha Reddy Rents

Roxanne Stuhr, left, reviews the project plan with a group of volunteers.

Roxanne Stuhr studies the raingarden design.

Volunteers help plant the raingarden.

John and Kevin Fitzgerald use an auger to dig holes for the raingarden plants.

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Mini Grant

Status: Completed

MWMO Funding: $3,000

Partners: Longfellow Business Association; Smiling Dog Design; True Nature Design

Staff Contact:Tammy Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
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A grant to the Longfellow Business Association funded a series of new stormwater control measures along a heavily traveled section of Hiawatha Avenue in South Minneapolis. A raingarden, a pair of dry wells and a dry creek bed installed at the Hiawatha Reddy Rents site are designed to handle up to 1.5 inches of rainfall (approximately 1,600 gallons of water) in a 24-hour period. They also add luster and charm to a previously drab stretch of urban arterial roadway.

The project team turned the raingarden planting into a community event, offering volunteers the chance to learn from Master Water Stewards and gain experience installing stormwater control measures. In addition to co-funding the project, the family owners of Hiawatha Reddy Rents made use of their own rental equipment to speed up the construction process.