Russell Park Rain Garden

 Visit the City of Leslie and Watch our Garden Grow

Thanks to our devoted volunteers and partners the garden is thriving.

Russell Park Rain Garden 2012

Rain Gardens are a beautiful and effective way to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff reaching our lakes and rivers.   According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to  7 0% of surface water pollution is carried to our lakes and rivers via stormwater runoff.  Rain Gardens, also known as Bioretention Areas, keep rain water where it falls.  

In residential and urban settings a rain garden will receive runoff from roofs, driveways, parking lots and other hard surfaces.  The Russell Park Rain Garden receives rain water via a vegetated swale, a shallow trench seeded with native grasses and sedges.

                        Educational Sign at Russell Park Rain Garden                          

All rain gardens are constructed by creating a shallow depression planted with native flowers, shrubs, and/or trees that thrive in moisture-rich soil.  These plants act as natural filters, absorbing water and pollutants. The result is a reduction in the amount of polluted runoff reaching our lakes and rivers and a healthier environment. 

The goal of this project is to provide an educational tool for individuals and groups interested in learning more about conservation practices and watershed protection.  

Join us for one of upcoming Garden Days.  Visit our Watershed Events page for details.  Our Garden Day volunteers help weed and maintain the garden so it can continue to thrive and be an asset to the City of Leslie and the entire Upper Grand River Watershed.


Russell Park Rain Garden 2012

             Support for the Russell Park Rain Garden comes from the Upper Grand River Implementation Project, funded in part by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Non-Point Source Program.  Support also comes from the City of Leslie, Michigan State University’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the Upper Grand River Watershed Alliance. 

Thank you to everyone who helped support this project especially the Leslie DPW and all our volunteers!

             Volunteers will be needed to assist with weeding and maintaining the garden.  Anyone with gardening experience, especially master gardeners, would be very valuable, but anyone willing to help will be greatly appreciated.  Contact our office or visit our watershed events page for more details on how you can get involved.

Interested In Creating A Rain Garden At Your Home Or Business?

Construct a Rain Garden and you will help …

Reduce Storm Drain Overload and Flooding

Recharge Groundwater

Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Provide a Lower Maintenance Alternative to Traditional Landscaping

Provide Native Habitat for Wildlife


Learn how by referring to the following resources

West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual for Homeowners

Michigan's Low Impact Development Manual

The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens – copies available