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Two Rain Gardens Planted at Fink Park

Two rain gardens were completed at Larry Fink Memorial Park at Celebrate Chicago River Day held on Saturday, May 12. More than 1,000 plants were planted to help beautify the area and help with the localized flooding experienced around the playgrounds and basketball court at Fink Park.

Participants in the event included students from Highland Park High School working on Environmental Science Community hours, volunteer students from New Trier High School and Katherine Lasonde who is completing her Girl Scouts of America Gold Award.  Steve Greenberg was the volunteer River Day site captain and was responsible for bringing materials from Friends of the Chicago River, which runs the event at sites around the region

Chicago River Day is a regional volunteer day that has been held annually since 1992 through Friends of the Chicago River.   Each year communities come together to make an immediate impact and collectively bring about long-term improvements in the health of the Chicago River. 

The Larry Fink Memorial Park project is part of the District’s initiative to naturalize turf grass areas. Benefits of native plantings include: