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Volunteers to Install Rain Garden at Freedom Park on Saturday, November 13, 2010

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Watershed Committee is seeking volunteers to help install a rain garden at Freedom Park in Leesburg on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

A rain garden is a landscaped area that collects rainfall and stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots and rooftops and filters pollutants from the runoff before it drains into local streams. On the surface, a rain garden looks like any other landscaped area, but it is different in three key ways.  First, rain gardens are located in low areas, or depressions, so that stormwater is intercepted before flowing into storm sewers or streams.  Secondly, a rain garden features native plants that absorb and transform stormwater pollutants.  Finally, the soil in rain gardens is engineered to detain stormwater runoff long enough for the plants to absorb the pollutants. 

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, volunteers will establish the rain garden by planting native trees, shrubs and perennials.  Work will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until about 12 noon.  To sign-up as a volunteer or for more information on the project, please contact Joe Coleman with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy at jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org or 540-554-2542.

The rain garden at Freedom Park is the result of a partnership of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, the Leesburg Watershed Committee, the Leesburg Department of Parks & Recreation and the Leesburg Department of Public Works.  Funding for the Leesburg rain garden was donated by the Dulles Greenway, through their annual Drive for Charity (www.dullesgreenway.com/drive-for-charity.html).  Design of the Leesburg rain garden was provided by Dewberry’s Leesburg office (www.dewberry.com).