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The Takoma Horticultural Club presents
Sligo Park Hills Stormwater Tour
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
This event is free & open to the public
Sligo Park Hills is one of the newest local Neighborhood Stormwater Projects, chosen
and implemented by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Department of
Environmental Protection Rainscapes Program. This project has been several years in the
making: locations were chosen, mapped and drawn, meetings were held with residents and
block by block the projects were honed. They are now almost all installed, full curbing
put in and streets mostly repaved.
Among the kinds of stormwater collection facilities installed are: bioswales (planted
landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water and
infiltrate some of that water), pervious parking pads, and tree boxes. Often the projects
are connected by under-drains to handle water that can’t be absorbed by the facility.
The bioswales and tree boxes have been planted with native plants. This was no do-it-
yourself project. It involved heavy equipment, digging out holes 4 feet deep, dump trucks,
use of specialized water retention boxes wrapped in landscape cloth, drainable replacement
soil, gravel, rocks, and careful planning for the layout to drain correctly. Now we can
watch as the plants grow in and the maintenance proceeds.
You are invited to tour this project with us. Take the Ride-on or park, especially
on Hilltop Rd where there are more parking pads. We will meet at the corner of Hilltop
and Park Valley, just off Piney Branch Rd. The tour will run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We will
divide in smaller groups, depending on how many show up.
Since we will have a “Stormwater Social” starting at 8 pm after the tour, it would be
helpful if you could RSVP to Carole (email@example.com) so we can plan for refreshments.
Kit Gage: Master Watershed Steward and resident/activist Sligo Park Hills and Tour Coordinator
Mary Travaglini: MLA
Planning Specialist, Stormwater Facility Maintenance Program,
Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County
Jenny Reed: Master Watershed Steward
The Takoma Horticultural Club (THC) welcomes gardeners from Takoma Park
and surrounding areas, including DC, Montgomery County, Prince George’s
County, and beyond. Our members love gardening, have very diverse interests
and gardening experience, and enjoy many activities throughout the year. The
THC Program includes two plant exchanges, two potluck dinners, a local
garden tour, workshops, lectures, special trips, and even a free garden
consultation. Although many of our events are open to the public, more than
half are for members only. And for $12, you can’t go wrong! Join us and
increase your gardening pleasure!
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