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South County Trailway Rain Garden


This rain garden captures runoff from a parking lot at the South County Trailway before it enters a branch of the Saw Mill River, to improve water quality and reduce stormwater flows. This is primarily a shade garden. Because of its highly visible location, it serves as a public demonstration site.

Site Location

Site Name: South County Trailway Parking Lot
Address: Farragut Avenue and Saw Mill River Parkway, Hastings, NY
Owner: Westchester County Department of Parks Recreation & Conservation
County: Westchester
Watershed: Saw Mill River
Land use of site: Park
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: Adjoins trailway parking lot

Practice Details

Intent of design: Intercept parking lot runoff before entering the river
Size of structure/capacity: Unknown
Size of drainage area: 5,500 square ft
Plants or materials used: Plants (aster, eupatorium, rosa thelypteris, vaccinium), grass and wildflower seeds; wood, erosion control/filter fabric & filters
Maintenance: Weeding, reseeding, and replacing plants as needed
Maintained by: Groundwork Hudson Valley

Design/Installation Information

Design: Sven Hoeger, Creative Habitat Corps.
Installation: Goldman Sachs COMMUNITY TEAMWORKS volunteers
Date of installation: June 2010
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: $2,185 + design and installation oversight
Form of payment: Grants from Goldman Sachs COMMUNITY TEAMWORKS and NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Ann-Marie Mitroff, Director of River Programs, Groundwork Hudson Valley
Phone: (914) 375-2151