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Junction Ave. Breaks Ground for Rain Garden

Residents in Toledo’s Junction Avenue neighborhood have been working on a revitalization plan for the area. One part of the plan is underway on Hoag Street where a raingarden has replaced a recently demolished building. Community members chose a site that would provide educational opportunities for four local schools. Community members advised TMACOG planners on their preferences: a rain garden with fruit trees, benches and a walking path.

After a dilapidated building was demolished, a crew came in to prepare the site. Debris was removed, and the site was dug out several feet deep. Into the prepared site the construction crew added gravel and a specially blended soil mix that will allow rainwater to slowly percolate through the soil, keeping stormwater out of the combined sewer system. To finish the work, trees and grasses were planted and a path and bench added. The plants will become established in the fall and winter. Spring will show a beautiful, useful green space replacing blight.

Partners in this project include the Junction community group, TMACOG, Partners for Clean Streams, the Lucas County Land Bank, and the Lake Erie Protection Fund.

The completed site. A stone inlet channel will direct water into the rain garden where it will percolate through engineered soil. Plants and trees are barely visible now but should flourish in the spring. Benches and walking stones encourage residents to interact with this new green infrastructure.


Neighborhood leaders gathered to celebrate the start of the rain garden.
From left to right - Shantae Brownlee, vice president and director of community relations of Lucas County Land Bank; Sonia McNair, community member, parent of Jones School student, urban farmer and herbalist volunteer; Dr. Ward Barnett, principal of Jones Leadership Academy; Mr. Willie Ward principal and Mr. Willie White assistant principal of Martin Luther King Jr. Academy for Boys; Ms. Vivian Bush, community member of Junction Community Coalition leadership; Ms. Cindy Geronimo, director of City of Toledo code enforcement; and Ms. Alicia Smith, TMACOG Junction Community Liaison.

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