Roberts Academy Front Yard Stormwater Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Cincinnati Public Schools held a ribbon cutting to dedicate the Roberts Academy Front Yard Stormwater Demonstration Project on Monday, May 11. The program began with a welcoming song from the Kindergarten students from Roberts Academy. Community leaders and project partners then made presentations and participated in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The ceremony concluded with a tour of the project site.
This outdoor classroom was developed through a partnership with the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities, Cincinnati Public Schools, and Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati. Over $350,000 in Federal Section 319 grant and local matching funds were invested to create an attractive community gathering space that also benefits water quality.
The enhanced wetland and rain gardens reduce pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment in the stormwater runoff, and also help to reduce the volume of stormwater entering the combined sewer system. The project was designed by McGill Smith Punshon and installed by Allison Landscaping.
Construction was completed in November, 2014, and the new plants are now beginning to mature. These native trees, shrubs and perennials, which were planted last year by students and volunteers, provide bird and butterfly habitat and enhance the appearance of the campus. Educational signs will be installed along the recreational trail to provide information about the importance of clean water and how this site is part of the solution.
Thank you project partners and funders: