Falcon Raingarden Park Information
An exciting project is underway on the campus of Ogemaw Heights High School! The north end of the building has been an undeveloped grassy area for 50 years, though highly visible. An area of approximately 5,000 square feet with two storm drains, we are developing it into a unique park – the OHHS Falcon Raingarden Park, to become an area that is both community friendly and educationally supportive.
The two storm drains will be converted into two rain gardens. A rain garden is a shallow depression that captures and treats runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots, before it enters the storm water system. They use natural processes to improve water quality by filtering pollutants and reducing storm water runoff, so they are protective of our water quality, particularly important in our Rifle River Watershed and Saginaw Bay Region.
Additionally, the remaining areas will be developed into beautiful, and nearly maintenance free, gardens to be utilized as opportunities for teachers to train students, for students to enjoy, for visitors and the community at large, including educational signage and QR coding, as well as a place of relaxation and photographic opportunity for special occasions. Vegetation will be identified by botanical and common name, engraved pavers and dedicated benches may be sponsored to help fund the project; plants may be sponsored and dedicated, too.
This is an ambitious project, estimated to cost approximately $58,000. Already the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, along with Huron Pines and the Rifle River Prosperity Network Program have expressed their support of the project that works to protect our water quality, with a grant of $10,000. Several smaller grants ranging from $400 to $2,500 have also been awarded, as well as many ‘in kind’ donations. However, we are still in need of a great deal of support to make this project a reality.
There are many ways to become involved, as our flyer explains, including sponsorship of engraved pavers, dedicated benches and sponsored vegetation. Of course, monetary donations are exceptionally helpful and appreciated. Signage indicating grantors and supporting sponsors of $500 or more will become a permanent part of the garden.
This garden will become a place of community pride, teaching opportunities, student and visitor usage, and a legacy of dedicated items for decades to come, as well as an environmentally protective jewel and place of relaxing beauty. There is a deadline to finish the project by the end of August, 2017.
We are grateful for your sponsorship consideration, or monetary donation.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or commitments.
Debra Abraham, Project Manager 989-343-2001 Email: email@example.com
Leah Pauley, Committee Member 989-312-2725 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Doan, OHHS Principal 989-343-2027 Email: email@example.com
Pamela Matthews, Committee Member 989-972-0960 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org