GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CAN HELP
SOLVE HOLYOKE'S DRAINAGE ISSUES
Raingardens retrofitted into sidewalks permit storm water runoff to flow into designed beds that allow the water to percolate down slowly through sub-surface drainage layers. Plants that can take inundation fill the raingardens creating a visual and spatial amenity as well as a piece of infrastructure. This intervention can save the city a lot of money as they do not have to retrofit their underground sewer system to accommodate new storm water volumes while simultaneously enhandcng the streets of Holyoke and improving the liveability of the City.
The Harvard Studio employs raingardens along some of the retrofitted streetscapes in the woonerf areas and in combination with the Conway Greenstreets.
Additionally, Fish Hook Park contains large ponding areas (see below) for storm water collected further uphill in Holyoke as another method to capture rainfall runoff and safely detain it while it percolates back down to the groundwater table.