Saturday, June 24, 2017

Franklin is in good company

How does Franklin fit in this listing of major US cities?
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Shoreline, Washington
  • Long Island City, New York
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Houston, Texas
  • Franklin, Massachusetts
The EPA recently published "Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement" Each of the communities listed were a case study to demonstrate how to implement green infrastructure in parks.

Case Study: Starting with a Small-Scale Project at Fletcher Field 
Franklin, Massachusetts 
In the town of Franklin, Massachusetts, a rain garden was installed at Fletcher Field, a multi-use park that includes a playground, a baseball field, and basketball court, and picnic area. Installation of this rain garden with native shrubs and plants provided aesthetic improvements while simultaneously capturing runoff from the parking lot. This project was constructed in 2010 at a cost of $16,000. The town was able to maximize resources by having Department of Public Works crews install the soils, mulches, signs, and plants. This project highlights multiple benefits of implementing green infrastructure: the opportunity for site-specific stormwater management, improvement of green space for the community to enjoy, and public education.

You can review the full publication here

rain garden at Fletcher Field, Wachusett St side of park

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