CONNECTING KIDS TO THE NATURAL WORLD.
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Creating Community: Columbus Square Park
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In Philadelphia, there is a city-wide effort to handle problems with excessive rain water in a more natural way. The Philadelphia Water Department’s Green Streets Program uses both engineering and plants to mimic the water cycle. In the South Philadelphia neighborhood featured in this video, the community is key to the project’s success at Columbus Square Park. Volunteer gardeners, residents, and school children tend to the plants and monitor newly-installed stormwater planters.