Rain Garden Project

UPDATED 4/30/2019

GARDEN PROJECT KICKOFF!!!!
The 5th graders are busy planting native plants around the storm drain.


UPDATED 4/4/2019

We are planting around the rear storm drain on April 30 with the assistance of Fairfax County Stormwater and their R3 Program (Revitalize, Restore, Replant).  They are providing the native plants and will be on site to work with the 5th graders who will be doing the actual planting.  Friends of Accotink Creek will also be conducting a watershed educational session in the schoolyard that day as well!

Please contact the PTA  ( president@fairhillpta.org )  if you have any recommendations for a contractor who could assist in the construction aspect of this project. 

The additional aspect of the project includes constructing a couple rows of permanent bench seating around the garden to function as an outdoor classroom and to modify the circulation routes of the children so they don’t run through the planting area.  The PTA has budgeted funds for the construction of these amphitheater style bench seats, but we are looking for a contractor to provide us a bid and perform the construction.  Most likely a carpenter who builds decks, outdoor structures, etc.   The benches are to be constructed with 6X6 posts, set in concrete footer, with a cross brace and two boards, probably 2×6’s or 2×8’s on top.  Approx. 80 linear feet.  Construction details will be provided. 

Please contact the PTA  ( president@fairhillpta.org )  if you have any recommendations for a contractor who could assist in the construction aspect of this project. 


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Joe Hirz, Landscape Designer and Fairhill parent, along with Fairhill administration, staff, PTA, and numerous community partners, propose an ecological design project at Fairhill Elementary where students can strengthen their connection to the natural world through a thoughtful and sustainable design of outdoor learning spaces surrounded by functioning ecological systems.

To create a sustainable environment on the Fairhill Elementary School grounds, and foster a connection to nature with the Fairhill students, families, teachers and community members, through the following design objectives:

The Design Program:

  1. Restore ecological function by creating a schoolyard habitat through the use of a native plant pallet to attract wildlife and pollinators to the school grounds, improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and decrease traditional maintenance and mowing.
  2. Implement stormwater management practices to address soil erosion and standing water issues on the playground. Reduce the quantity of stormwater run-off and improve water quality released to Accotink Creek, through the creation of a rain garden and meadow strip around storm drains on the playground.
  3. Create a resource for incorporation of various ecological design elements, such as ecological function, wildlife habitats, biodiversity, healthy soils, watershed awareness, and stewardship to compliment Virginia Science Standards of Learning and Project Base Learning objectives for Fairhill teachers, and ultimately provide rich learning experiences to the students.