In less than two weeks, Metro Blooms will be installing the first Blooming Alleys projects of 2015! We will be installing 5 raingardens in a Blooming Alley near Lake Nokomis on July 17, with permeable pavement installs to follow this fall. We are expecting two other Nokomis Blooming Alleys to be installed this fall as well. With the help of Alley Captains, Master Water Stewards, and neighbors, Alley Parties are under way in other blocks as well as site consultations and plans. Once our landscape designers make stormwater management plans for each property, participants will decide if they’d like to move forward and have an installation.
A finished Blooming Alley
The installations are exciting, but the planning process is also an exciting time! We’ve been meeting with Alley Captains in all of the participating neighborhoods, attending Alley Parties, and meeting residents at Site Consultations. It’s been fun to see people energetic about reducing their stormwater runoff, but also about meeting their neighbors and doing this project with their block. One block commented that Blooming Alleys was a good opportunity to meet their “across-the-alley” neighbors.
An Alley Party
We’d like to invite everyone to our tour of the demonstration Blooming Alley on August 6! We’ll be meeting in the alley behind 5017 16th Ave S. at 5:30 and the tour will end at 7:00. We’ll discuss some of the finished projects and how to maintain them.This will be a time for anyone interested in Blooming Alleys to meet Alley Captains, participants, community volunteers, and others involved with the project. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this will be a good time for people to ask questions about Blooming Alleys and learn how to participate in or start a Blooming Alleys project on their block.
Last year’s Alley Tour