A rain garden is a common-sense feature for a Pacific Northwest yard. It is a bowl-shaped garden that uses soils and plants to manage rainwater runoff. It catches runoff from rooftops, driveways, roads and other areas that don’t allow water to soak in. It can be shaped to fit your lot and can be landscaped to fit the surroundings.
Kirkland's neighborhood rain garden program occurred from 2012 to 2015. The main focus of the program was install a cluster of six to eight rain gardens in the front yards of residential properties in a different neighborhood each year. These gardens serve as demonstration sites, educating residents about stormwater pollution prevention and green infrastructure techniques while helping to reduce the volume of runoff entering the city’s stormwater system. Want to take a self-guided tour of these rain gardens? Use the Kirkland's Rain Gardens (PDF) brochure that shows locations of our program installations. (Please remain on the street or sidewalk when admiring these gardens located on private property.)
NE 138th Street Rain Gardens (2012)
2012 was the pilot year of the rain garden program. Seven rain gardens were constructed on six properties in October 2012. Read more about this installation and view pictures (PDF).
NE 131st/132nd Place Rain Gardens (2013)
May 2013 marked the installation of our second cluster of rain gardens. Once again, seven rain gardens were constructed on six properties. Read more about this installation and view pictures (PDF).
110th Ave NE Rain Gardens (2014)
Six rain gardens were constructed on six properties in September 2014. Read more about this installation and view pictures (PDF).
NE 88th/90th Street Rain Gardens and Cisterns (2015)
Four rain gardens were constructed and one set of cisterns was installed in October 2015. Read more about this installation and view pictures (PDF).