Sporting Hill Rainwater Design Demonstration Project
Detention Basin Garden “E” is a filter, a garden and a classroom. It is also an advertisement for stormwater retrofits and green infrastructure.In addition, it is the first of many suggested stormwater improvement projects in the Cedar Run Watershed.
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The garden demonstrates how a large-mowed depression can become both a major landscape feature and a better way to manage stormwater.
Alliance staff worked closely with teachers, facility staff and two professors of Penn State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture to brainstorm what the garden should look like and how they wanted to use it. This garden has a few jobs to do. As a stormwater control device, it must slow and clean the rain water that carries pollutants from lawns and roads before emptying it into Cedar Run Creek, but it also must beautify and provide educational value to the school.
The partners administered an online survey asking parents, teachers and community members to look at photographs of other green infrastructure projects asking them they found attractive and what they didn’t. Penn State students, under the supervision of Drs. Stuart Echols and Eliza Pennypacker, used that input to design five hydrological areas to better manage stormwater on the campus.
Designs are based on the principals of Artful Rainwater Design which has at its core drawing people in to stormwater design for its beauty and not just its function. The goal is to bring water management and pollution to the forefront of people’s minds by providing beautiful and educational spaces that function to clean stormwater before it reaches the creek, not hide it in pipes and drains that allow pollutants to reach waterways.
The first of the projects to be installed is the 25,000 square foot Detention Basin Garden. Teachers and students are excited about this new stormwater device; it will double as an outdoor classroom.
One of the major goals of this project is to encourage other large corporate landowners to retrofit part of the property to reduce stormwater.
The Alliance also designed two raingardens in the Cedar Run Watershed in public areas where people can learn about landscaping with water quality in mind. The Camp Hill United Methodist Church and the Armitage Golf Course in Hampden Township. Interpretive Signage will be installed on each of these sites explaining the function of the raingardens.