Installed in August of 2006, the 200 square foot Richmond Heights Kiwanis Lodge Rain Garden was planted by Friends of Euclid Creek Volunteers. The garden was funded by the Lake Erie Protection Fund grant and is maintained by the City of Richmond Heights. The plants for the garden were provided by Ohio Prairie Nursery and the soil and mulch were provided by Kurtz Bros.
A rain garden is a vegetated garden planted with native plants intended to allow runoff from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roads, rooftops, and parking lots to percolate into the groundwater rather than directly entering streams via storm sewers. This helps protect local streams by reducing the volume and velocity of streams during storm events and by purifying the water by allowing it to filter through the soil, thus lowering the amount of pollutants that ultimately enter the stream. Rain gardens also provide habitat for native birds and insects, and because they are planted with native plants, they require less water and maintenance once established than other non-native species.