2017 Pinewood Ave Rain Garden Cleanup

Did you know our neighborhood has a “rain garden”?  It is located at the intersection of Pinewood Ave and Hackett Blvd.  It was installed in 2014 by the City of Albany, and it is the responsibility of the neighborhood association to keep it tidy.
The rain garden retains stormwater in a basin so it can be absorbed into the ground and used by various native species planted in the basin.  Less water in the storm sewers is better for the City and the Hudson River!  It is a nice place to sit while walking in the neighborhood, too.  Last year, the Joe Pye weed was glorious in bloom and taller than me!
In Spring, we do a cleanup of the garden. This consists of raking, weeding and trimming.
Then throughout Spring, Summer and Fall, volunteers keep an eye on the garden periodically and especially after a large storm event to make sure the the drain is not clogged.
I am going to perform spring cleanup of the rain garden on Saturday April 29th from 10:30 am – Noon (after the Plant Swap).  I am hoping I will get a few people to stop by and help out, and also volunteer to take a month of inspections during 2017.  I will have a couple rakes, leaf bags and weed pullers.  Wear gloves and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
If you can make it, please RSVP to hna@hnaalbany.com.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you,
Eric Huntington
Chair, HNA & Rain Garden Ranger / Bio-Retention Basin Engineer