FamilyWise Raingarden

A highly visible raingarden makes this busy corner of the Prospect Park neighborhood a little cleaner and greener.


Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Mini Grant

Status: Completed

MWMO Funding: $3,000

Partners: Daugherty Business Solutions; FamilyWise Services; Landscaping Architecture Inc.; Toro Foundation

Staff Contact:
Tammy Schmitz
Stewardship and Community Outreach Specialist
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A raingarden next to the FamilyWise office infiltrates rainwater and snowmelt that used to run off of the adjacent parking lot and flow directly into the University Avenue stormsewer. This improves local water quality, eliminates nuisance puddles at the business’s main entrance and reduces stress on the city’s stormwater system.

As part of a comprehensive landscape plan, the project included removal of impervious areas of sidewalk and stairs, and was designed to capture the discharge from an adjacent 3,200 square-foot parking lot.

Additionally, the project included educational benefits for daycare staff, children, families and volunteers through interpretive signage, newsletter articles, social media postings and the chance to  try their hand at gardening during maintenance of the raingarden.