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 completed a second phase of the project, installing a smaller rain garden along the alley side of the building. This phase includes a seating area in the green space near our parking lot so that our patrons might have a pleasant place to sit under the oak trees.
Our third phase completed in 2017 was supported by a generous grant from the Dominion Foundation. Part of the sidewalk along Westover Hills Blvd. was removed to create a garden. Not just a pretty bit of landscaping, this garden collects water running off the property before entering the street and storm drains. More water is returned to the ground and less goes into the Reedy Creek catchment.
Why rain gardens? These projects reflect our community’s interest in diverting stormwater from Reedy Creek and the James; stormwater that carries pollutants and trash along with it. Stop by the branch to learn more about the project and find out what’s happening next!