13th Street SW Rain Gardens, May 2012

May 2012 hosted 1 big installation event. The cluster installation included 8 homes that each received a rain garden and rain barrel for volunteering in the program. The rain barrel pictured in the photos below received an artistic touch from Pete Sparh of Spahrzart. New to the program in 2012 was permeable pavements. Demonstrating the application of this green stormwater infrastructure element, a full driveway and entry walkway was installed.


Funding for this successful Education and Outreach program came from a Department of Ecology grant. The permeable pavement installations were completed in cost-share with the program participants.

Clarks Creek was happy to have this 7th and final City-led cluster installation installed near it. These rain gardens and pavements are now supporting water quality improvements in the basin.


Included in the installation day event was a free raffle giveaway. Dan Borba of Down to Earth Gadgets and Gizmos donated a rain barrel for the event. The winner was excited and toted the barrel home that day.

Special Thanks

Thanks to all who turned out to make our event a success, including the 50+ volunteers and organizations in addition to the City that were on-hand to provide watershed and stewardship information including: WSU-Puyallup, Rain Dog Designs, Outdoor Escapes, Pierce Conservation District, and Down to Earth Gadgets and Gizmos. Thanks to our program partners including Rain Dog Designs, Landmark Landscaping, Outdoor Escapes and DM Disposal. View photos of the event.
  1. Paul Marrinan P.E.

    Senior Civil Engineer