Westover Hills Library Sustainability Project
In 2015, the Westover Hills Library Advisory Group undertook a project to create library grounds that are as engaging as the inside of the library. The Group received numerous private donations as well as a grant from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a donation from Dominion Resources, support from the Richmond Public Library Foundation, and a donation from Kathy Graziano. Working with Four Winds Design, we installed a large rain garden facing Devonshire Road, which includes thirsty plants designed to soak up gallons of rain water diverted from the metal roof.
We are entering a second phase of the project and plan to install a smaller rain garden along the alley side of the building. We also plan to add seating in the green space near our parking area so that our patrons might have a pleasant place to sit under the oak trees.
Why rain gardens? This project reflects our community’s interest in diverting stormwater from Reedy Creek and the James; stormwater that carries pollutants and trash along with it. Click on the image below to review our plan.