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Ghirardi WaterSmart Park
Photo of the Ghirardi WaterSmart Park

Description
The Ghirardi WaterSmart Park is a three acre passive park which is dedicated to teaching citizens ways to conserve their water use at home. It will consist of community garden areas, native planting displays, a rain garden, a theater area as an outdoor classroom as well, a small nature play area, park and maintenance buildings, picnic area, decomposed granite trails, wooden boardwalks and footbridges interpretive signage, green roof kiosk, water cistern, concrete drive and bus turn-around, seven impervious parking spaces, seventeen pervious parking spaces.

The main theme is educating the public on which native plants can be used around the house landscape to beautify their property while helping to preserve the waters of this region.

Non Point Source Implementation Project
Currently seeking 319 funds as matching grant funds at 60/40 match. The League City Non Point Source Implementation Project seeks to create a demonstration park that will put in place best management practices that will be fully monitored and available to developers, the public and surrounding communities; work to model stormwater runoff in the city and use these results to evaluate and develop appropriate stormwater ordinances; and finally develop a program to retrofit commercial, residential and public property with green infrastructure to gauge LID (low impact development) effectiveness and the use of incentives.

Project Goals
  • Design and construct LID practices
  • Reduce the loadings of NPS pollutants and thereby bring the receiving water closer to compliance with water quality standards
  • Assess the water quality effectiveness of LID practices
  • Assess the costs, functionality, and administrative elements of LID practices
  • Provide outreach and education to interested parties and the public
  • Increase the use of LID practices in land development projects within the City’s jurisdiction

Funds
The 319 project period is September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2013. If funds are not available through WaterSmart education and demonstration grant opportunity; the project will be reverted to the original parks concept of the $360,000 park. Currently seeking 319 funds as matching Grant funds at 60/40 match.

Location
On Louisiana St. just south of FM518 directly across from Poppy St.

Why It's Needed

To create a demonstration park that will put in place best management practices that will be fully monitored and available to developers, the public and surrounding communities; work to model stormwater runoff in the city and use these results to evaluate and develop appropriate stormwater ordinances; and finally develop a program to retrofit commercial, residential and public property with green infrastructure to gauge LID effectiveness and the use of incentives.

Need More:
Looking for financial information or more? You can view the most recent quarterly and monthly status reports with more detail by clicking on the following: Status Reports Quarterly reports will give you where we are at in the budget for the project and monthly reports will give you the latest status updates on active project.

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