Don’t Miss out on Rainwater Rebates! Come Learn How to Build a Raingarden!
Many neighborhoods in Seattle are now eligible for up to 100% assistance for building raingardens and installing cisterns in their home gardens. In an effort sponsored by King County’s Rainwise program to better manage the city’s stormwater local non-profits have partnered with the program to help train, empower, and inspire residents to take action and recycle rainwater back into the environment in a natural way, rather than letting it become polluted waters that run off into the sewers.
The Rainwise program has programs throughout Seattle and is especially thriving in the neighborhoods of South Park and West Seattle. Both of these neighborhoods will be a Sustainability Stop along the annual NW Green Home Tour. Visitors will enjoy food, fun learning activities, and the chance to meet RainWise contractors who install cisterns and rain gardens – plus a mini-self guided tour of installed RainWise rain gardens will be available. Join us on the tour and find out if you are eligible for assistance with your own raingarden.
In West Seattle’s Highland Park local non-profit Sustainable Seattle is working with the Highland Park Improvement Club to help beautify property and remove unnecessary pavement to prepare areas for community green spaces. Hannah Kett, Sustainable Seattle’s Neighborhood Program Manger says, “With these transformations, HPIC serves as a demonstration site and educational opportunity for the surrounding neighborhoods. The community is encouraged to take an active part in this project and learn about the impact they can make at home. It’s exciting to see so many getting involved!” Visit the Highland Park site on the tour.
In the neighborhood of South Park the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle ECOSS is helping to bring community together to create vibrant green spaces. ECOSS was created by South Park community members to facilitate working partnerships among different, and often conflicting, segments of the community – residents, businesses, industry, and government. The aim was to bring these groups together to address environmental and developmental needs of the community. This year ECOSS is helping to provide tours and information in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cambodian, as well as games and activities for all ages, and specialty foods and music reflecting the cultural heritage of South Park residents. Start the tour at the “RainWise village green” in a block that includes rain gardens, refreshments and indoor activities at the South Park Neighborhood Center. Walk, bike or drive on a short self-guided tour to explore how residential and community raingardens (some located in urban farms!) and RainWise cisterns (super-sized rain barrels) are all helping to control urban stormwater. Elizabeth Louden, assistant director at ECOSS states that she “hopes many folks will have a chance to come see the diverse raingardens/cisterns that residents have already set up and get inspired to get involved in making their own raingarden.” Click here for more information about the South Park tour.
Helping the city function like a natural ecosystems is also the mission of the new non-profit Urban Greenprint. The mission of Urban Greenprint is to apply the principles of biomimcry to revitalizing the city. Click on the link to visit their website and learn more the importance of helping manage stormwater absorption into the soils.