A rain garden will be going in at Parksville Elementary School, thanks to approval from the school board last Tuesday, to supply the funds.
Principal May Beil made a presentation to the board saying the school wants to put in the garden but has yet to secure the funds.
“The time is critical,” she said, “really the time to do this is now.”
With the school year just starting up, the school has yet to secure grants and volunteers to help them with the garden, she explained, but if they wait much longer the rains will begin to fall and make it difficult to proceed.
A rain garden’s purpose is to absorb run-off from the parking lot, which contains oil, gas and other pollutants, that normally run straight into the storm sewers and enter the groundwater system.
“So it really does two things: it filters out pollutants but it also is better for groundwater,” she explained.
Trustee Eve Flynn said the parking lot was recently re-paved, allowing them to grade it slightly so that water from a portion of the lot would run into the garden.
The total cost for the rain garden would be $9,745, but this is “worse case scenario” Beil said, adding she was confident they would be able to raise money and get support.
The trustees voted to supply the money for the garden, not to exceed $10,000, with the understanding that it will be reimbursed.