Next time you’re at our downtown Main Library, be sure to take a moment to look at our rain garden, which is in full bloom right now. It’s between the parking lot and the building – you can’t miss it.
If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the butterflies and bees happily fluttering amongst the many native plants and flowers.
The rain garden is designed to clean stormwater run off before it hits our sewer system, which empties directly into the Grand River. It’s a natural filtration system, so that only clean water flows into our gorgeous river! We put ours in a few years ago with the help of Calvin College biology students and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
Our rain garden was graciously funded by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.