Locus Architecture Rain Garden

A new rain garden treats dirty runoff and gives an aesthetic boost to this small commercial site in Minneapolis' Kingfield neighborhood.

Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Community Grant (formerly Mini Grant)

Status: Completed

Timeline: 2016

MWMO Funding: $3,000

Partners: Kingfield Neighborhood Association; Locus Architecture

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Adam Flett
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The corner of 45th Street and Nicollet Avenue is greener thanks to the efforts of Locus Architecture and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, who partnered with MWMO to install a rain garden to capture and treat roof runoff from the architecture firm’s building.

The addition of the rain garden complemented existing efforts at the site, which included a rainbarrel and plantings. The rain garden created more visible green space and helped illustrate a comprehensive approach to treating stormwater runoff at a neighborhood commercial building site.

Educational signage increased visibility and promoted the benefits of rain gardens to the more than 11,000 participants of the annual Kingfield Garden Tour and Nicollet Open Streets events, and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association has continued to push for similar water protection projects in the area with the MWMO.