Steph Clymer Blog: Olney Center Building a Rain Garden

By Purnell T. Cropper | May 25, 2012

Steph Clymer ’11 is Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s Education and Outreach Assistant through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She is a recent graduate of Arcadia University with a major in Biology and dual minors in Spanish and Environmental Studies and former President of the Arcadia University Environmental Network, where she served as a strong partner and volunteer coordinator for TTF events over the past several years. Read her blog on a rain garden:

Do you know if there are plans to build a rain garden near you? If you live near the Olney Recreation Center in Philadelphia, there are!

The Olney Recreation Center will become a home to a new rain garden this summer! A rain garden is a native plant installation that absorbs and filters water and provides wildlife habitat. It is a shallow depression that can be planted with a wide variety of flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. Rain gardens provide: cleaner water, attractive gardens with colorful flowers, habitat and food for wildlife, and a reduction in rainwater runoff. They can also serve as outdoor classrooms where children can learn about plants, animals, and rainwater. Learn more about rain gardens here.