Columbus Square

Intro
Stormwater Planters at Columbus Square
Project Description

The stormwater planters at Columbus Square are the first of their kind to be installed by the Philadelphia Water Department, converting a portion of Reed Street into a Green Street. The Office of Watersheds worked with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and many community partners to design a series of streetside stormwater planters that capture runoff from the contributing street and sidewalk areas.

A stormwater planter manages runoff through infiltration and evapotranspiration (or detention and slow-release when underlying soils do not allow for infiltration). The stormwater planters benefit our streams and rivers by reducing stormwater flows into the overburdened combined sewer system, while benefiting the community through greening a significant sidewalk area and enhancing neighborhood aesthetics.

Watershed Benefits

  • Mitigates runoff from impervious surfaces within the public right-of-way
  • Additional landscaping and tree canopy cover provide visual interest, aesthetic appeal, mitigate the urban heat island effect, in addition to providing a passive recreation amenity
  • Provides demonstration projects to inform larger-scale, long-term program

The stormwater planters at Columbus Square are the first of their kind to be installed by the Philadelphia Water Department, converting a portion of Reed Street into a Green Street. The Office of Watersheds worked with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and many community partners to design a series of streetside stormwater planters that capture runoff from the contributing street and sidewalk areas.

A stormwater planter manages runoff through infiltration and evapotranspiration (or detention and slow-release when underlying soils do not allow for infiltration). The stormwater planters benefit our streams and rivers by reducing stormwater flows into the overburdened combined sewer system, while benefiting the community through greening a significant sidewalk area and enhancing neighborhood aesthetics.

Watershed Benefits

  • Mitigates runoff from impervious surfaces within the public right-of-way
  • Additional landscaping and tree canopy cover provide visual interest, aesthetic appeal, mitigate the urban heat island effect, in addition to providing a passive recreation amenity
  • Provides demonstration projects to inform larger-scale, long-term program

The stormwater planters at Columbus Square are the first of their kind to be installed by the Philadelphia Water Department, converting a portion of Reed Street into a Green Street. The Office of Watersheds worked with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and many community partners to design a series of streetside stormwater planters that capture runoff from the contributing street and sidewalk areas.

A stormwater planter manages runoff through infiltration and evapotranspiration (or detention and slow-release when underlying soils do not allow for infiltration). The stormwater planters benefit our streams and rivers by reducing stormwater flows into the overburdened combined sewer system, while benefiting the community through greening a significant sidewalk area and enhancing neighborhood aesthetics.

Watershed Benefits

  • Mitigates runoff from impervious surfaces within the public right-of-way
  • Additional landscaping and tree canopy cover provide visual interest, aesthetic appeal, mitigate the urban heat island effect, in addition to providing a passive recreation amenity
  • Provides demonstration projects to inform larger-scale, long-term program
Watershed Issues Addressed
Stormwater Management

Location

LatLon
39.932960, -75.165575
Watershed
Address
1300 Reed St. Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood
South Philadelphia
Lead Agency
Philadelphia Water Department
Partners
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Streets Department
Columbus Square Advisory Council
Passyunk Square Civic Association
Christopher Columbus Charter School’s Green Club
Status
Complete