The half-dozen eagles circling over the newly planted triangle filtration gardens at Horton Avenue, Van Slyke Avenue and Churchill Street in the Como Park neighborhood on Oct. 1 were “definitely a good sign,” says Michael Kuchta, District 10 executive director.
That sunny Saturday saw more than 50 volunteers spending the day hauling, sorting, staging, digging, planting, mulching and watering nearly 1,400 trees, shrubs and plants in the two public gardens.
The volunteers, including nearly 20 students from Murray Middle School’s Junior National Honor Society, put the latest touches on the two new gardens, built as part of recent street reconstruction. The filtration gardens are designed to capture and clean storm water runoff before it reaches Lake Como.
For more than 15 years, neighbors from the Warrendale area of District 10, have maintained the gardens. Thee new gardens are a collaboration among neighbors, the City of St. Paul Public Works and Forestry departments, the Ramsey County Conservation District, the Capitol Region Watershed District and the District 10 Como Community Council.