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Rain Gardens in the Park
Rain garden in the woods at the trailhead next to the entrance to Bath Community Activity Center Park at 1615 North Cleveland – Massillon Road.
Plants in the Park Rain Gardens
In 2005 the need for additional parking at the trailhead next to the entrance to Bath Community Activity Center Park became apparent. However, adding impervious surfaces, such as parking lots, increases erosion and risk of flooding. Rain water runs off parking lot surfaces very quickly and this runoff increases the load on nearby streams.
After considerable research Mike Rorar, park administrator, decided to incorporate two rain gardens into the site design for the new parking area. In 2007 the site was contoured to route rainwater toward two new rain gardens. The rain gardens were designed by John Vittum.
Rain garden basins were constructed with a sand / soil mix to provide a good home for plants and allow water to soak into the ground. Overflow pipes were installed to prevent damage to the rain gardens during heavy rains.Finally, the rain gardens were planted with native species selected for water tolerance and the sun /shade balance at each location.
|Botanical Name||Common Name|
|Carex Grayi||Burr Sedge|
|Carex Stricta||Tussock Sedge|
|Rudbeckia Subtomentosa||Sweet Black-eyed Susan|
|Iris Versicolor||Wild Iris|
|Lobelia Cardinalis||Red Cardinal Flower|
|Lobelia Siphiltica||Great Blue Lobelia|
|Carex Bromoides||Brome Hummock Sedge|
|Carex Normalis||Spreading Oval Sedge|
|Athyrium Filex Femina||
|Onoclea Sensibilis||Sensitive Fern|
Front rain garden at the trailhead next to the entrance to Bath Community Activity Center Park