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Elm Avenue Park Demonstration Rain Garden

Description

Rain garden at Elm Ave Park

This demonstration rain garden is an example of green infrastructure in a public park and recreation center. It is situated on a hillside near the entrance to Elm Avenue Park in the Town of Bethlehem. It treats and infiltrates runoff from the parking lot and sidewalk during rainstorms.

Site Location

Site Name: Elm Avenue Park
Address: 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar
Owner: Town of Bethlehem
County: Albany
Watershed: Vlomankill
Land use of site: Recreational park
Can this site be visited? Yes
Location on site: On hillside at front entrance to the Pool Complex

Practice Details

Intent of design: To treat parking lot and sidewalk runoff through infiltration prior to entering storm drain
Size of structure/capacity: N/A
Size of drainage area: N/A
Plants or materials used: Blue Flag Iris, Blazing Star, Summer Sweet, Obedient Plant, Cardinal Flower, Green-eyed Coneflower and others
Maintenance: Weeding and replacement of mulch/vegetation if needed
Maintained by: Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department

Design/Installation Information

Design: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County
Installation: Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and Town of Bethlehem Municipal Staff
Date of installation: 2008
Zoning change or special permit required: No
Project cost: $850 for plants
Form of payment: Plant material costs were covered by Conservation Project Assistance funding from Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County provided approximately 3 hours of in kind service for the design of the garden. Excavation and mulch costs were covered by the Town of Bethlehem.

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Paul Penman, Stormwater Management Officer for Town of Bethlehem
Email: ppenman@townofbethlehem.org
Phone: (518) 439-4955

Contact: Susan Pezzolla, Community Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County
Email: sep37@cornell.edu
Phone: (518) 765-3516

Contact: Susan Lewis, Admin. Manager of Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District
Email: susan.lewis@ny.nacdnet.net
Phone: (518) 765-7923