In 2011, the Franklin DPW installed a rain garden at the downtown train station. The garden provides a beautiful array of ornamental shrubs and plants, while soaking up stormwater runoff from the parking lot and protecting the surrounding environment.
Recent reconstruction of the intersection of Miller Street and Green Street provided a perfect opportunity to incorporate a rain garden. The garden collects excess runoff from Miller Street and the surrounding area.
A rain garden was installed at Anchorage Road as part of a larger improvement project. The road previously had a large cul-de-sac, which was replaced with a water saving rain garden.
In 2010 a rain garden was constructed at Parmenter School, which provided a unique opportunity to combine hands on learning with stormwater education. The project allows teachers, parents and students to witness a rain garden in action.
Fletcher Field, located along Wachusett Street, was improved with a rain garden in 2010. The scenic park was enhanced by the addition of native shrubs and plants while simultaneously capturing runoff from the parking lot.
A reconstruction project on Greensfield Road in 2012 included the replacement of a large cul-de-sac with a rain garden and grassy area, significantly reducing the amount of impervious roadway.