SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A RAIN GARDEN?
A rain garden is a special kind of garden. It is typically planted with native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. It has a shallow dip at the center to collect, filter, and soak up rainwater.
The rain garden in Sunrise Park collects rain water from the parking lot and the surrounding park, building and green space. A rain garden will naturally trap nutrients and pollutants and clean up dirty rainwater.
THE CREATION OF A RAIN GARDEN IN SUNRISE PARK
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 the City of Hudsonville DPW partnered with the Hudsonville High School Environment classes to create the rain garden at Sunrise Park. Over the years, old concrete slabs, tons of overgrown trees, poison ivy, trash, dead trees, even scrap metal and old vehicle parts had collected in Sunrise Park. The park was cleaned and transformed through a collaborative community effort.
The Rain Garden started with a small $1,000 budget. Thanks to the generous donations from the Hudsonville community businesses, the rain garden became a huge success.