Bristol to seek grants for rain garden at Village Hall

This is a sketch made by village administrator Randy Kerkman of where a rain garden might be installed at Bristol Village Hall. The red line shows a possible contour of the garden.

An example of a fairly newly established rain garden. /Photo from WIkipedia.org-Public Domain

The Bristol Village Board has authorized village administrator Randy Kerkman to seek grants to fund a rain garden at Village Hall.

If built, the rain garden would be constructed where a guard rail now separates the parking lot that runs along 83rd Street from the lot that roughly runs along 196th Avenue, Randy Kerkman, village administrator, explained.

Wikipedia.org describes a rain garden as:

… a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater)… The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.”

Rain gardens are typically planted with hardy native species, Kerkman said.

The establishment of rain gardens at municipal facilities has been encouraged by the state Department of Natural Resources and Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network, which works with the town on water related issues.

The village is looking to cover 75 percent of the costs of installing a rain garden through grants. The cost of a rain garden the size of the one proposed for Bristol would be about $7,ooo, Kerkman said. The village’s portion could be paid out of the Storm Water Fund.

Applying for grants for the project was approved unanimously, with Trustee Bill Glembocki absent.

Besides the water related benefits, Kerkman mentioned one other plus.

“It will also green up our parking lot, which is sort of a drab thing,” Kerkman said.

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  1. Scoutmaster Ken says:

    Sounds like a great project for your local boy scout troops, they are always looking for service work and ways to give back to their communities.

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