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Reader request: What’s all that digging at Columbus Square?

Editor’s Note: Thanks to one of our loyal readers for asking about this project. If there’s anything you’re curious about, send us an email at punk@passyunkpost.com and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

The big hole that formed a couple weeks ago next to the Columbus Square dog park at 12th and Reed is a rain garden being built by the city.

Making progress – on Saturday

Joanne Dahme at the Water Department says the garden will collect street runoff from 12th Street and from Reed between 11th & 12th, “keeping it out of our combined sewer.” Expected completion is mid-November and a department contractor will maintain it.

“We will also be reaching out to the community about an evolving Adoption Program where we will be asking residents to help us keep [it] litter-free and to keep an eye on how the rain garden looks
on a regular basis,” Dahme said. “The Passyunk Square Civic is one of our partners in this program.”

The rain garden is part of a 25-year effort called Green City, Clean Waters, which aims to reduce the load of rainwater flowing into the city’s aging sewer system. The same project was the reason behind the stormwater planters on the west side of the park along 13th Street. And according to a map of planned projects, another rain garden is being designed for the northeast corner of the park.
What the future holds
A couple weeks ago

Check out more specific plans, including the types of plants being used, here:

Rain Garden Plans


Editor’s Note: Thanks to one of our loyal readers for asking about this project. If there’s anything you’re curious about, send us an email at punk@passyunkpost.com and we’ll get to the bottom of it.


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One Response to Reader request: What’s all that digging at Columbus Square?

  1. Sara Lisa November 15, 2012 at 4:54 am #

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