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Payne Park: Example Rain Garden Management Plan

A maintenance plan developed by the City of Pawtucket and designer Tim Gerrish, Gardner&Gerrish Landscape Architects LLC, with assistance from URI Cooperative Extension, for a series of rain gardens that will receive runoff from a new spray park in the City of Pawtucket.

  • Developed with input from park maintenance staff, considering their available resources and equipment.
  • Provides an example management plan for other public and private rain gardens not otherwise available.
1. Payne Park Rain Garden Maintenance and Inspection Checklist

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  • Consistent with other maintenance checklists used by City staff.
  • Action items are placed in order of importance with the most frequent and essential tasks at the top; others performed less often or as-needed follow.
  • Space for comments is prioritized to ensure communication between field staff and managers.
  • Editable for updates and use by other municipalities and designers.
2. Payne Park Rain Garden Maintenance and Inspection Guidance

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  • Additional information for owners, crew leaders and managers, with maintenance schedule and troubleshooting tips.
  • Editable for updates and use by other municipalities and designers.
3. Payne Park Rain Garden Operation and Maintenance Plan

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  • For owners, maintenance supervisors, crew leaders, landscape contractors, and others to understand more about rain garden function and maintenance at a glance.
  • Provides recommended maintenance schedule and troubleshooting tips.
  • Easily customized for new rain gardens.
4. Payne Park Rain Garden Plants Photo Guide

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5. Payne Park Rain Garden Sign

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  • Image intended for use on RI Green Infrastructure Coalition sign for the Payne Park series of connected rain gardens.
  • Illustrated are the species planted in the rain gardens, and how stormwater moves from the recreational spray park through the gardens or pools and infiltrates into the ground.