Rotary Park II in the City of Wayne located on Chamberlain received a beautiful upgrade this past week funded by a five hundred dollar grant. The 4th grade students of Hoover Elementary School and their teachers Amy Morris and Andrea Demeka designed and planted a Rain Garden. To give their garden a spunky flare, students painted small boulders with cheerful artwork and uplifting words which created a retaining wall for the garden.
The project was completed on June 5th and serves a purpose far greater than just its beauty. There is a sign in the garden that reads “This Rain Garden has been planted by Hoover Elementary’s 4th grade class. This garden is designed to capture, treat and infiltrate stormwater at the source before it becomes runoff. It helps prevent nonpoint source pollutants from entering nearby waterways. The plants are native to the region and attract wildlife.”
The City of Wayne’s DPW staff members were on hand to help students with the project by preparing the land for planting and supplying the boulders. Some of the plants used in the design were daylilies, saw grass and sage, all native to the area. “The kids did a great job. It was a nice improvement to the park and the environment. The students should be very proud of the work they did.” said Dave Schmidt, Road Foreman for the Wayne DPW.
The garden will provide beautiful blooms for the community and the environment to enjoy for many years to come.