Project Partners: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Allegheny College


Arts & Environment Initiative: Market Square Rain Garden

With support from Allegheny College and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) and in collaboration with the Meadville Redevelopment Authority and the City of Meadville, a stormwater garden was designed and built to mitigate stormwater overflows during heavy rains. Ariel Dungca, a landscape architecture student at the University of Massachusetts collaborated with CEED Director Amara Geffen on designs for a garden in the empty lot owned by the Redevelopment Authority.


Adjacent to the historic Market House, the lot resulted in the creation of a community green space in the heart of the Central Business District. It demonstrates stormwater interventions through the creation of rain gardens and rainwater harvesting, and has significantly reduced the amount of water that coursed through the Market House parking area from the new garage.. The design includes brick patio areas, rain swails, and native plants.  Bricks for the patio areas and walkway were salvaged from the Pellietier Library patio at Allegheny College and have been provided by Associated Contractors.

Planning for the garden was done through a community meeting with community partners at the Meadville City Municipal Building on July 31, 2007. The meeting featured all Keep PA Beautiful summer projects in Meadville including the Market Alley Mural, MetaMASH, and the Market House Garden. It was advertised in the Meadville Tribune as an announcement and feature article. Email flyers were sent to nearly 300 people and approximately 30 people were in attendance. The Tribune issued a follow-up article. The project was completed in 2007 and is an outgrowth of Professor Amara Geffen's INTDS 301 Class Art & The Environment.

Thank you letter to garden project community partners...