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King and German/Paristown Neighborhood officially dedicate newest District 10 Green Project

Wednesday September 19, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – At first glance, the garden at the corner of Ellison and Swan Streets enhances the beauty of an historic neighborhood in District 10.What many may not know is the garden is also one of the newest efforts to control storm water from heavy rains.

On Wednesday, Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) joined officials with the German/Paristown Neighborhood Association to formally dedicate the new “Rain Garden” which can store and filter storm water during heavy rains.

“This rain garden was a visionary green initiative for this neighborhood and now it is a reality,” says King. “Anytime we can channel storm water away from the sewer system, we cut down the chance of flooding and in this case store the water in an area that helps enhance the beauty of this district.”

With funding from President King and working with MSD and Metro Public Works, the rain garden is aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.

The system is capable of processing 29,000 gallons of water and can divert nearly 1.5 million gallons of storm water from the combined sewer system in a given year. The design also provides traffic calming elements and ADA handicap accessibility.

“We are proud to partner with President King and MSD to create this innovative garden for the community. The rain garden will not only serve as an education tool designed to inspire other neighborhoods to build rain gardens, but it also brings more green space and beauty to our urban neighborhood,” says Tandee Ogburn of the German/Paristown Neighborhood Association.

The project caught the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency. Its success has caused the EPA to utilize it as a demonstration project for other cities.

“I want to commend the Association for getting involved in a project that not only encourages beauty on this corner but enhances the environment of this area and show generations to come that we must always remember what a beautiful world we live in,” said King.

Jim King (D) 10