Partner Projects: Maplewood
Greenway Improvement Project Rain Gardens

Great Rivers Greenway partnered with City of Maplewood, SWT Design, and Core States Group to implement the Maplewood Greenway Improvement Project in the spring of 2012. This project was completed voluntarily in an effort to improve water quality and address an erosion problem in which silt was being washed over the trail and into Deer Creek. This section of the Great Rivers Greenway trail runs parallel to Deer Creek and is located in Deer Creek Park (aka “Rocketship Park”) in Maplewood.


The Maplewood Greenway Improvement Project consists of two bioretention areas or engineered rain gardens designed to work together to capture and slow the movement of stormwater from the uphill parking lot and other impervious surfaces into Deer Creek. The bioretention and surrounding areas are planted with an assortment of native plants, grasses, trees, and shrubs selected by SWT Design to help soak up the water as well as create wildlife habitat, restore biodiversity, and beautify this site.

The maintenance of this project is to be conducted by the City of Maplewood.

Plants Used:

Plant names link to their entries in the Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder Service, which will open in a new window.

Project Partners:

  • Great Rivers Greenway District
  • City of Maplewood
  • SWT Design
  • Core States Group

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