We partnered with environmental justice communities in Minneapolis to create pollinator-friendly boulevard rain gardens. Thirty projects were installed at residential and community sites, including six rain gardens near the former Roof Depot in South Minneapolis and one at a youth shelter in North Minneapolis. To receive a free blooming boulevard (formerly called boulevard bioswales), residents agreed to maintain their boulevard. Metro Blooms Design+Build designed and prepped the gardens. Our community relations team coordinated outreach, planting and training. Many youth and young adults in partner communities learned maintenance of rain gardens and other green infrastructure through our Sustainable Landcare Training program. After training, some SLC participants worked with Metro Blooms to plant and maintain boulevard gardens and to inspect rain gardens in the city. This project resulted in 7,584 sq. ft. of native plant pollinator habitat and captures 665,670 gallons of stormwater annually.
- Communities in North Minneapolis and South Minneapolis
- City of Minneapolis
- Partners & Contractors
- Northside Residents Redevelopment Council, All Nations Youth and Community Assistance Program, East Phillips Neighborhood Institute, Spill Paint, Not Oil!, Avenues for Youth, Charles Caldwell, artist.