A formerly vacant lot in Bridgeton, NJ, now affectionately known as The Triangle Park, recently received some TLC from community volunteers.
On Saturday, June 3, more than 30 people from Bridgeton participated in Family Day of Service to beautify the little corner of the Southeast Gateway neighborhood at South Street and Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. The park has been improved over the years with the help of the American Littoral Society, Gateway Community Action & Partnership, and United Advocacy Group.
In the recent past, the sidewalk around the Triangle was reconstructed to include green stormwater features that trap and filter stormwater from the neighboring streets. A concrete flow pad directs water into the previously constructed rain garden, while strategically placed trees absorb runoff from the sidewalk.
On June 3, volunteers moved and planted planter boxes, weeded the rain garden, and helped to paint a mural on the nearby South Street.
This project serves as an example of the benefits that green stormwater infrastructure can provide. In addition to protecting water quality and reducing the risk of flooding, the work done at The Triangle Park provide pollinator habitat and shade, while creating a space for people to gather and enjoy nature in an area that is mostly developed.
This work is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Justice Outside and made possible by our partnerships with the City of Bridgeton and its dedicated residents.